Well I unintentionally duplicated this post, John beat me to it, so I deleted my thread and I am posting my thoughts here...
Great study and article in the New Prostate Cancer Infolink today about
the continuing decrease in prostate cancer specific mortality. I have replied the comments field but it hasn't been moderated yet so i'll post my comment again here:prostatecancerinfolink.net/2012/07/30/risk-of-dying-of-prostate-cancer-really-has-been-decreasing/
Tony Crispino, on July 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm said: (Your comment is awaiting moderation.)
There are two ways I look at this article. The first way is whether or not increasing health risk factors (dietary, obesity) have simply raised all cause death versus that we’re better at treating or discovering the disease sooner.
The second way I look at it is whether the influx of new diagnosis, and the amount of money put into prostate cancer research is due in large part to ~ prostate cancer screening. Ironic as it sounds, I have always wondered the point of whether we have seen great breakthroughs in treating prostate cancer due in large part by the PSA screening era. A theory that more men being diagnosed brings us more money for treatment and research that we may otherwise have never seen.
I suspect much of each is involved in reducing the mortality rates in prostate cancer cases. But I also suspect that business thrives best when a market is growing. The PSA test gave the prostate cancer market a huge boost. I don’t think there’s any room to question that. Now the question is, if we reduce the number of men diagnosed each year ~ will the mortality rates maintain their decline?
One more thought about
preventable death ~ it isn’t…
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 50 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.