Prostate Cancer May Not Get Worse Immediately After Detection

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Prostate cancer patients are suggested not to treat the disease immediately after detecting it, because there are good chances that the disease won't get worse.

Cancer Institute of New Jersey examined 9000 men of age 77 who were prostate cancer diagnosed between 1992 and 2002. All the patients chose either not to take treatment or to delay it. 72% percent of examined men who didn't receive any treatment at all died from other diseases and age related causes. The rest of them (2675 people) delayed treatment for a decade.


The most known way of detecting the disease is prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test that detects cancer much before symptoms occur. Researchers suggest that there is no need to start treatment immediately, because about 10-15% needed prostate biopsy and only 2-3% needed treatment.

What researchers suggest is called "wait and watch" - they should wait and get treatment only when symptoms get worse. This is because prostate cancer treatment side effects, such as sexual problems or bladder control problems, may be more threatening than the positive ones, especially in older adults.

One in six American men suffers from prostate cancer. There were 218890 cases detected in 2007, 27050 of those patients died from disease caused reasons. In this year about 220000 cases are expected to occur. However, according to this new research, the disease is not deadly and aggressive. It should not be treated until really needed.