Doc, don’t cut it out unless you have to!

excerpt below is from NPR’s Shots by Scott Hensley

Most men with low-risk prostate cancer get aggressive treatment, even though the therapies carry big risks, a new study finds.

Surgical removal of the prostate and radiation therapy can cause incontinence and impotence. For men with prostate cancer that grows slowly, the researchers who analyzed data on more than 124,000 men with prostate cancer say the treatments may cause more harm than good,…

…Aggressive treatment of the many low-risk cancers found is the bigger problem because men who probably won’t get many benefits can suffer life-changing side effects…

more via Men With Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Usually Get Treatment, Despite Side Effects


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