Wrong emphasis for prostate cancer screening?

April 2011, Warren Matthews

Summary

According to an article in the journal of Clinical Oncology earlier this year researchers from the University of Chicago say that two thirds of the number of tests for PSA (prostate-specific antigen) are actually carried out on men aged 70 or more, and even those over 85 years of age. It’s a bit pointless really and it could well initiate treatment in these older men that will create discomfort and distress but have no impact on their overall longevity.

According to an article in the journal of Clinical Oncology earlier this year researchers from the University of Chicago say that two thirds of the number of tests for PSA (prostate-specific antigen) are actually carried out on men aged 70 or more, and even those over 85 years of age.

It’s a bit pointless really and it could well initiate treatment in these older men that will create discomfort and distress but have no impact on their overall longevity.

If a man over 70 has an elevated PSA but no other symptoms of prostate cancer the likelihood of him dying from it is very low as it takes a long time to get to that stage. So, if you are over 70 and have an elevated PSA and you are being pushed to undergo some invasive process be sure to get other opinions and research the potential downsides.

The imbalance of the testing indicates that men between 50 and 70 are largely being overlooked. These are the men who could best be served by becoming aware of a developing problem earlier than later, particularly those in their early 50s.

Although some experts have reservations about the value of PSA tests they are non-invasive and quite inexpensive. If your PSA is elevated then that can be an early signal to assess your lifestyle, diet and consider what actions you can take to prevent it from getting any worse.

Remember that prostate cancer is quite different to simply having an enlarged prostate although an enlarged prostate can lead to cancer.

If you are 50 years of age or more it is quite easy for most men to avoid an enlarged prostate by correct lifestyle, diet and exercise along with supplementation. Almost 10 years ago in my early 50s I was at a point in which I was starting to have to go to the bathroom 2 or 3 times a night.

But, after about a year on our Total Balance Men's that problem had completely gone and I have not had to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom since. And…our Total Balance is much more potent now than it was 10 years ago.

Our Total Balance is not unique in this area. I have had reliable reports from other men of success in this area with other supplements. You just have to ensure that the extracts they are using are pure and have the potency claimed.

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