Prostate Cancer Deaths Not Reduced By Screening
According to a 20 years long research study published in the April 2011 issue of the British Medical Journal, it is confirmed that the ultimate death of the patient cannot be avoided by the screening of this cancer.
Moreover, as observed, the risk of overtreatment is quite considerable.
The study found that for avoiding the death of one patient, screening should be carried out on 1,410 men along with the commencement of treatment in 48 patients.
However, there is a scope for further long term studies on this subject to arrive at something definitely conclusive on screening benefits of prostate cancer in men.
One of the most common cancers in men is the Prostate cancer. People above the age of 70 are at risk of developing this disease. Most of time, men remain unaware of the fact that they have developed this disease.
A biggest challenge associated with this cancer is its screening for early diagnosis of the symptoms. But, the cost of the screening and its after-effects take a huge toll on the patient’s life.