“What we were hoping was that young, healthy men who were most likely to benefit would be screened at higher rates and that screening would tail off in older men.”
Yes, because getting it at 40 is very different than getting it at 75. If you have it at 40 and do nothing, chances are you'll never see 75 because of it.
"A positive P.S.A. test usually leads to a biopsy and then, if cancer is found, to a decision about
whether to treat it. Nearly all men opt for treatment, which includes surgery to remove the prostate or radiation to destroy the cancer. Side effects can include impotence and incontinence."
"One reason treatment is the most common choice is that it is hard to know if a cancer is lethal."
I personally ascribe to the theory that we ahve families and too much to loose, and better safe than sorry.
Post Edited (davidg) : 4/13/2011 4:53:47 PM (GMT-6)