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Show 837: Prostate Cancer Puzzle

Prostate cancer screening with a PSA can be confusing. What do you need to know about detecting and treating this cancer?
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Prostate Cancer Puzzle

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One American man in every six is diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point, so it is not surprising that proposed changes to prostate cancer screening have created controversy. When the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended dropping the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test as a routine measure, many urologists and their patients protested.

The Trouble with PSA Screening:

The task force had found that the test flags too many men who don’t have dangerous forms of prostate cancer. As a result of a high level of PSA, too many men have been subjected to further procedures that are not always innocuous. A confirmation of prostate cancer leads to further confusion: which cancers must be treated and how? Dr. Aaron Katz clarifies the prostate cancer conundrum.

This Week’s Guest:

Aaron E. Katz, MD, is the Director for the Center of Holistic Urology and an Associate Professor of Clinical Urology at Columbia University, where he has been a faculty member since 1993. He is the author of The Definitive Guide to Prostate Cancer: Everything You Need to Know about Conventional and Integrative Therapies.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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