“I've had prostate cancer for
six or seven years,” McKellen
told the Daily Mirror tabloid.
“When you have got it you
monitor it and you have to be
careful it doesn't spread. But
if it is contained in the
prostate it's no big deal.”
“Many, many men die from it but it's one of the cancers that is totally treatable,” added McKellen.
London, Dec 11, 2012 (Reuters)
HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT
Your Self chec Keeping Healthy Guide
Although screening can find prostate cancer at an early stage when treatment is more likely to be successful, the medical community is still not sure if the potential benefits of screening outweigh the possible risks if something is found. It is very important to check with your doctor so you can make an educated decision about what you need to do given your age and own personal health history.
What to do
If you have no family history,ask your doctor for information about these tests and if you should have them.
Some doctors think that men younger than 75 should have yearly PSA tests; others do not. Not all prostate cancers are life-threatening, and treatments can cause side effects. Sometimes high PSA levels can be caused by infections, BPH, or small cancers that may not grow or spread. Your doctor may prefer “watchful waiting” until there are signs that treatment is needed. Researchers are studying ways to improve the PSA test so that it detects only cancers that need treatment.
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