• Are you aware that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Are you aware that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer?

    Prostate cancer is to men like breast cancer is to women. (Women's diagnosis rate is 1 in 8) Our blog post today covers the latest facts, figures, and information about prostate cancer and how men can get screened and the symptoms to watch for. Click here to read the article>> http://bit.ly/2KfF7jU

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Greg, a good article...here are some other statistics on prostate cancer. If a person has stage IV colon cancer, gets to remission, and then recurrence; their prognosis is about 13 months. If a man is diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer, and gets to remission and then recurrence; their prognosis is 13 years. The fact is that approximately 90% of men live their life expectancy and die from something else. The Gleason Score (GS) is the result of a 12 needle biopsy in the tumor in or on the biopsy. The article is correct in the final score of the GS. How they get that number is looking at all the cells retrieved in that 12 core biopsy and rate them 1-5. One is a normal cell whereas 5 is a poorly differentiated cell. They count which cells are present in all 12 core biopsy results. So, let's say the most cells demonstrated are a 4. Then they count which type of cell is the second most demonstrated...lets say a 5. Then the GS would be 4+5=9. This is how we arrive at a GS. Most men start out with TIP therapy (testosterone inactivating pharmaceuticals). Men who are diagnosed and treated by a urologist will usually get a recommendation for surgery. Oncologists will recommend chemo, TIP along with targeted therapy while radiation oncologists recommend brachytherapy or external beam radiotherapy. So it's good to see more than one doctor. The STAIR staging is becoming the new way to stage prostate cancer in some well known cancer centers like Memorial Sloan . Each letter is a color if blue... Sky, Teal, Azure, Indigo and Royal. Sky is a low GS and Royal is a high GS...just some interesting facts. I have many patients with this disease so I try to stay ahead of the curve. All these facts and more are in a wonderful book released last year by Mark Scholz called, The Key To Prostate Cancer: 30 experts explain 15 stages of Prostate Cancer. It is a must read for any man with this diagnosis. You need only read the first few chapters and then go to the chapter that discusses your color...you don't read the whole book. It is an eye opening book. I hope this information helps.

      about 1 month ago
    • Throatless' Avatar
      Throatless

      No, Ididn't realize that there were that many diagnosed.

      about 1 month ago

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