Prostate Cancer

By: Dr. Eslinger 10/5/09


Prostate cancer is on many peoples’ minds these days. Indeed it is one of the most numerous cancers that we see in our office. It is second only to breast cancer in frequency.

The symptoms of prostate cancer are similar to a non-cancerous condition called BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy). They can include frequent urination, urgency, and poor urinary flow or dribbling at the end of urination. It is also common for the person to have to get up 3 to 4 or more times per night to urinate, a condition called nocturia. There are tests that can differentiate between these two conditions.

Is prostate cancer being over diagnosed and over treated? An article published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute raises questions about whether the screening test known as PSA ( prostate specific antigen ), does more harm than good. Sounds odd, doesn’t it, since screening for cancer is supposed to be beneficial.

The idea is that if you catch cancer early, you have a better chance of beating it. The problem is that many times, the treatment is worse than living with the disease. Many times the symptoms can be managed and the person can live a full life with this usually slow growing cancer and die from some other cause.

There are also many non-toxic therapies that we have available that can deal with this condition in ways that do not destroy your quality of life but can help eliminate the disease.


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