Photo credit: @julesdwit.
A not-for-profit media organization supported by people like you.
Your segment was too brief, and incomplete. Yes, he was talking about older men, but the careless listener might have come away with the impression that this screening is not necessary for him, at any age. Wrong. At 61 and asymptomatic, I was found to have prostate cancer solely through the PSA test. It was very early and small, but high Gleason score (aggresive). I had a prostatectomy, and am fine seven years later. Do not give the impression that life after this operation is dire.
And what I heard was something like, "men just don't want to live with the knowledge that this is present. How about the fact that death from this form of cancer is ghastly and painful. I have lost two friends in this way.
I hate to hear stories which downplay the importance of PSA screening.
Thanks to your responses, particularly for summarizing the show!
However, cancer ebbs and flows all the time, depending on our overall health. The expression of any gene is determined by its environment. Good diets and exercise can affect the process. In the case of prostate cancer, for example, just lowering meat consumption will lower androgen levels. Thus, a harmless pre cancerous lession that would never have been detected 25 years ago could have easily gone into remission. But today, it's detected and treated. It has also been responsible for lead-time bias, which the GAO in 1997 had concluded (among other biases) artificially increased survival rate claims of the cancer industry.
Andrea Bernstein sounded incredulous to the idea that "not knowing" could be a good thing, simply because she shares the common mindset that modern medical intervention is medically efficacious. Yet we know as early as 1955 that the untreated live as long or longer than treated cancer patients (Harden B. Jones, Ph.D., Trasnactions of the NY Academy of Sciences; Series 3, Vol 18, 1955-1956, 36 pages. Also sumarized by Jones at the 11th Sience Writer's Seminar, March-April 1969, New Orleans, LA)
Some of you may be too young to remember, but these guidelines have a similar track to the amended guidelines about 15 years ago that it was contraindicated for women over 50 to get screened for breast cancer via mamography or physical exams. The major study which triggered the most discussion was the Canadian National Breast Cancer Screening Study (Can Med Assoc Jrnl; 147(10)1992; Miller, Baines, To, Wall.)
The data and theory is similar to what Durado Brooks described for prostate cancer, but more. It's not just based on the lower life expectancy from people treated to toxic therapy from false positive tests. The amount of cells mutate towards cancer gradually, and in phases. Technology has progressed to detect this process earlier.
There is a new article that men over age 75 are having a test called PSA to see if they have prostate cancer. They are finding that testing over age 75 for prostate cancer is doing more harm than good because most of these men over age 75 will have prostate problem but it is not fatal and there other health complications. They got into symptoms of prostate problems with the flow of urine when the male goes to the bathroom. Basically, if you are in your mid 40s, get screened proactively up to age 75, by then it is not so important.
I missed the program. Would anybody be kind enough to summarize; particularly if there was anything new presented.
We're going to take the men to the doctor if they refuse to go. Their health is vital to our future and to our happiness.
I just say that because I have a special friend whom is over 45 and does not take care of his health. What can you do? :(
So that means anyone over age 45 needs to be screened to take of their health then!!!
Including all listeners!
Well, an honest answer from the medical profession? How old fashioned, but welcome. Thanks Doc.
I take Propecia for hairloss. Does this do anything to deter prostate cancer? Also I'm ask to get a PSA test what is that for? I'm 30.
i WOULD START AT MID 40'S .
What age are men supposed to start screening for prostate cancer?
Email addresses are required but never displayed.
Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.
Subscribe on iTunes
Brian Lehrer Weekend: Losing Faith, First-Gen College Students & NYC Pizza
WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 are New York's flagship public radio
stations, broadcasting the finest programs from NPR, PRI and American Public Media, as well as a wide range of award-winning local
programming. WNYC is a division of
New York Public Radio.