MEN WHO IGNORE PROSTATE CANCER AT NO GREATER RISK OF DYING THAN THOSE WHO SEEK TREATMENT

Sep 15, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Men with early prostate cancer who choose to closely monitor their disease are just as likely to survive at least 10 years as those who have surgery or radiation.

Survival from prostate cancer is so high at 99 per cent that regardless of which approach men had, new study results call into question not only what treatment is best but also whether any treatment at all is needed for early-stage cases.

Dr. Otis Brawley is chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. He welcomes the results but says it would be a struggle to convince men diagnosed with early prostate cancer in the U.S. to skip surgery or radiation.

(The Associated Press)

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