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Regular PSA testing is one key to preventing complications associated with prostate cancer because experts say when tumors are caught early, they are much easier to treat. However, when they go untreated, they can become deadly.
Dr. Greg Goska, an internal medicine physician at the Edward Medical Group, told the Naperville Sun Times that when prostate cancer is found to be completely localized within the prostate, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent. However, when it is found to have spread beyond the prostate, the survival rate drops to 33 percent.
The key to keeping it confined to the prostate is regular PSA testing and early treatment. This helps identify potentially dangerous growths before they become serious.
“If a man is uncertain about getting screened, he should talk with his primary care physician at age 50 about the pros and cons of screening in his particular case,” Goska told the news source.
More than 240,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society. However, thanks largely to early detection, only about 33,000 die from the condition.
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