Disagreement exists on how often men should be tested, and when
by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:
It was revealed earlier this month in a study published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases that cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States have spiked 72% in the last decade. There are a few reasons why this might be happening.
The findings made researchers wonder whether the increase was attributable to a recent trend of fewer men getting screened for the disease.
Senior study author Dr. Edward Schaeffer, chair of urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Medicine, said:
“One hypothesis is the disease has become more aggressive, regardless of the change in screening.
The other idea is since screening guidelines have become more lax, when men do get diagnosed, it’s at a more advanced stage of disease. Probably both are true. We don’t know for sure but this is the focus of our current work.”
To find the answer, researchers culled data from the National Cancer Data Base. They looked at information regarding more than 767,000 men from 1,089 medical facilities nationwide who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer between 2004 and 2013.
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