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Originally posted by WeRpeons
A good friend of mine's father was diagnosed with prostrate cancer way back in '92. He elected not to have surgery, and he's now 87 years old! I'm sure every case is different, but I think his doctor told him his cancer was progressing so slowly that old age would kill him before the cancer would.
Originally posted by Skewed
reply to post by beezzer
And I am sure it has saved more than your fathers too. But, they made more money than the lives they saved in the process, plus the fear based reasoning they advertised behind it. The day I turned 40 my mailbox was full of this stuff reminding me that I must go get checked, like turning 40 was the key to having prostate problems.
Professional organizations vary in their recommendations about who should — and who shouldn't — get a PSA screening test. While some have definitive guidelines, others leave the decision up to men and their doctors. Organizations that do recommend PSA screening generally encourage the test in men between the ages of 40 and 75, and in men with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Ultimately, whether you have a PSA test is something you should decide after discussing it with your doctor, considering your risk factors and weighing your personal preferences.
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by sad_eyed_lady
Thank you for the data.
I get my PSA checked every year. I have been since I was 43. PSA still less than 1.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by beezzer
Yep, colonoscopy often equals perforated bowel, sepsis, and death.
OK, maybe not "often," but considering the frequency of the operation, even a small percentage is a significant number of deaths.
By the same token, I'm not a fan of the Leep surgery for women either. Pretty much every woman I know has had at least one abnormal papsmear, which resulted in a leep surgery, which ultimately results in scar tissue, and can lead to complicated pregnancies.
We are overly treating patients these days. Over-testing equals over-treating equals too many mistakes and mishaps.
Somewhere between 70,000 and 120,000 people die every year due to medical mistakes. You're better off swimming in sharks tanks than to go to a hospital.
Take your prostate exams and shove them up your. . . . . . says government
The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine and is composed of primary care providers (such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists/obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists).