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“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)



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

Beginning at age 40, if you have a family history of prostate cancer or are African-American, you should get a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) and Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) yearly.

If you have no family history, Beginning at age 50, 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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2 Comments to “Prostate”

  1. joan


    “Most men, once they are diagnosed with prostate cancer, live with it for a long time. It’s like breast cancer in that way–something they are dealing with for a long time.” –Harry Belafonte

    “I was fortunate … due to the fact that I caught it early it was confined in my prostate. I had the surgery. There’s a debate about what you should do. One of reasons that we’re hearing about so many people — Norman Schwarzkopf, Joe Torre, Rudy Giuliani — having prostate cancer is because this test, this PSA test, detects this disease at a very early and curable stage.” –Hamilton Jordan (former Carter White House chief of staff)

    “A 10-minute test could save his life. It certainly saved mine.” Rudolph W. Giuliani, former Mayor of New York

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