Study: Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Patients Receiving Aggressive Treatments

by: cancercompass

According to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, most men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer tend to undergo aggressive treatment like prostate removal.

Aside from pain, the side-effects from surgically removing the prostate can include permanent impotence and urinary inconsistency.

Low-risk prostate cancer can be determined by a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. This blood test measures the levels of PSA, which rise when men have prostate cancer. According to the study, low-risk PSA levels are below 4.

"Most men diagnosed as having prostate cancer with a PSA threshold below 4.0 ng/mL had low-risk disease but underwent aggressive local therapy. Lowering the biopsy threshold but retaining our inability to distinguish indolent from aggressive cancers might increase the risk of overdiagnosis and overtreatment," the study's conclusion states.

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