Prostate Health

Prostate cancer guidelines widely ignored

According to research from the University of Chicago Medical Center, many Americans do not follow guidelines set forth for prostate cancer screenings. The United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended against cancer screenings for men aged 75 or older claiming that the risks outweigh the benefits, yet nearly half of those in that age group continue to receive testing.

"For the large majority of men in this age group, early detection can lead to treatment of a disease that will probably never cause a problem. A substantial proportion of men over 75 with an elevated PSA will die from something else before a prostate cancer interferes with the quality or duration of their life," said Scott Eggener, M.D., author of the study.

The study suggests that practices should be supervised and recommends patients and physicians to be vocal about their health concerns.

The Mayo Clinic suggests digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) should be the primary test for prostate cancer screening. However, the clinic also recommends exercise, meditation and relaxation therapies as a way to combat the side effects of the disease. A healthy and nutritious diet that includes a natural prostate pill may also be beneficial.

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