Men with Low Prostate Cancer Risk Can Gain From Active Surveillance

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With the increasing number of men being diagnosed to have prostate cancer and worst they are already diagnosed when the disease is already in its metastatic stage, many health related organizations and institutions are forwarding the concept of early detection and diagnosis among these men.

However, researches and surveys suggest that there are only few men who consider going to their doctors and have them screened for possible prostate cancer. The reason for this is because most of the information drives and campaigns launched are focused in the early detection of breast cancer and thus, concentrated on women populations alone. Nevertheless, men should be wary about the possible heath risk they have and should be screened for the earliest time possible in order to prevent complicated health treatment options and increase survivability rates.

According to a new draft of report which was released by a U.S. National Institutes of Health panel, active surveillance among men with low prostate cancer risk can be beneficial in terms of observing the health status of the men and administer treatment as the disease progress.

Experts observed that a conservative measure can be of better option among these males who have lower prostate cancer risk as compared to having surgeries at the end of the day because of the possible discomforts that these men can suffer. However, experts noted that there is only limited knowledge about this conservative strategy.

Dr. Patricia A. Ganz, panel chairwoman and director of prevention and control research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Los Angeles said:

“Our panel found that many men with localized low-risk prostate cancer should be closely monitored permitting their treatment to be delayed until disease progression warrants it.”

Moreover, the consensus of the panel revealed that some men can actually benefit from active surveillance rather than submitting oneself for immediate treatment, although, this strategy does not work for all because other men may also benefit from immediate treatment.

The problem is that standard protocols are not yet established on when a man with low prostate cancer risk can opt for active surveillance. In addition, Active surveillance which involves not only the frequent monitoring of PSA levels but also involves biopsies over time should be available as an option for these men rather than subjecting themselves for immediate treatment usually surgeries.





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