Four Reasons Why Prostate Screening May Be Harmful
Every year, about 250,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in American men. Every American man has a one in six chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in his lifetime, and almost 30,000 men will die from prostate cancer.
The good news is that the majority of men diagnosed with prostate cancer will survive (there are about 2.5 million men living in the U.S. who have once been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and current statistics show that only three percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer die from it). Nevertheless, to avoid the pain and possible fatality of this disease, scientists have recommended—and doctors have encouraged—getting screened for prostate cancer with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test or a digital rectal exam (DRE).
But can screening do more harm than good? Read More