Report: PSA test linked to better prostate cancer survival
Drs. Siegel and Samadi weigh in
- Duration 3:51
- Date Sep 16, 2012
Drs. Siegel and Samadi weigh in
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At about -- the doctors now there's a major push this month to bring more attention to prostate cancer and PSA testing.
-- millions of Americans are affected by the disease a doctor Siegel spoke with the director of cancer therapy and research at the center in San -- -- says quote.
Our most recent study suggests that it may be possible that through more frequent PSA testing.
We are seeing an improvement in the survival of men who were found to have advanced prostate cancer.
This could be occurring through earlier initiation of treatments that can slow down the rate of cancer growth doctors -- that seems.
Pretty good news for having more PSA test.
But to have this has been be controversial and a lot of debate because a government came back and -- at the PS it doesn't really help.
And -- if you're healthy man.
-- say should not be -- -- screening should not be done now they did the same thing for mammograms but you saw what happened with all the women organization.
Comment against that now we know his.
I'm glad that Ian Thompson made the comment about this we know -- urologist at PSA has reduce -- rate of death over the last two decades.
And -- -- alternative screening test and PS is only test that we have a policy cancer.
Putting our head in the sand and say no screening.
Is absolutely irresponsible and the other thing is -- prostate cancer is known as a silent killer there are no symptoms so how do you -- if you're healthy or not when it comes to prostate cancer.
So my recommendation to a lot of people there is get tested that it -- it is important.
And and he may give you the diagnosis of prostate cancer but just because you being diagnosed it doesn't mean you have to be over treated and that's when you see it.
We jury expert in prostate cancer and decide if it's a slow growing disease -- of it's an aggressive warm desert come -- -- different type of shapes -- forms.
What they've done for the month of September as a way to give back to the community which I do every year.
Is that anyone who was diagnosed with prostate cancer that can send their information and free of charge.
I would studying and I would give them my own personal opinions about what to do and that's our way of giving back to the community.
But I know market is involved in a lot of PS is turning his own -- in a sense stock markets.
You should have the PSA screening what they.
I feel really strongly about this by the way -- is there was saying September is prostate cancer awareness month.
And I'm doing a report this week I went to doctor surmise or I saw him in action I wanna tell you he has not just the TV doc.
I have never seen a surgeon better than -- -- -- -- uses the robot arms.
Like avatar like his -- extended arm and he operates fast clean it is such an incredible experience even the producers were able to watch America cannot and not have to go because there's literally no no blood loss the kids diagnosing this early.
Because it is as doctor Thompson said.
90% of of the prostate cancer will.
You'll diagnosis he advanced stages if you don't have the PSA what does that tell you you need the PSA which tells you something may be wrong with a prostate.
You need to digital rectal exam I do both every single year if I -- to see a problem -- observe a trend.
Where the PSA is rising I send the patient to urologists like doctor somebody the key is diagnosing early with any cancer.
Diagnosing early what do you do when you diagnose it is the next question once you have it you may decide you want to take it out of the patients younger -- on indoor.
And for PS I think what it stopped somebody for first PSA baseline if you are high risk you should start as -- based on at the age of forty specially African Americans have higher risk.
And then every year you get that -- test but what's important is PSA Jamie stands for prostate specific antigen not prostate.
Cancer specific so.
Many things such as enlarged prostate or information can also.
Increase -- PSAs and there's nothing to panic.
You meet that test but said Richard doctor and discuss -- and it's always good to get a second or third opinion where I had to audience thank you PSA thank you want.