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A lack of urinary symptoms does not mean that men should skip PSA tests, says one prostate cancer expert. They may still have the disease even in the absence of symptoms and frequent screening is instrumental in catching the disease in its early stages when it is most treatable.
Dr. Bert Vorstman said that many men believe that if they do not have symptoms, they are cancer-free. This gives them a false sense of security that results in infrequent testing. He said that this is one of the most harmful myths surrounding prostate cancer.
"It causes some men to skip the PSA test, and therefore fail to discover their cancer before it is too late for effective treatment," he said. "As prostate cancer is a major health issue, and not all prostate cancers are the same. It is vitally important that men and their spouses deal with factual information only."
He added that having more information available through frequent PSA testing can help men and their families make more informed decisions when a potential problem is discovered. This often leads to more effective treatments.
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