Most people trust their physicians, and believe their doctor is up front with them regarding every issue. Who would ever conceive that a primary care provider would withhold pertinent information regarding a deadly disease? Gerald Chodak, M.D., indicates that doctors are not tell patients 5 facts that are related to Prostrate cancer.
1. According to Chodak who is referred to as the prostate doctor, the medical community has know for more than 30 years that prostrate cancer cells are often found in men who died from other illnesses. This means that prostate cancer itself is not always a death sentence.
2. The risks from prostate screening may outweigh the benefits. In a study 781 men were screened, while only 21 needed treatment. The point is that while screening is beneficial for some, it may pose risks for a large number of men.
3. Because prostate cancer is not always life threatening, it does not require immediate treatment in every case.
4. Surgery is not the only option for some men. Each male diagnosed with prostate cancer should obtain all information available to see what is best in his personal situation.
5. While surgery for prostate cancer does save lives, it is not the only option.With that being said, men should thoroughly investigate new treatments because they have not yet received the green light.
Certainly this sounds confusing. When most people receive a cancer diagnoses, they desire immediate treatment, which in most cases is surgery. No one should bet the farm on an experimental procedure, but it is important to weigh all your options.
Should you be diagnosed wit prostrate cancer, ask questions. Find out every detail and discuss your choices with your doctor and your family. DO extensive research, and be mindful that information found on the Internet can be unreliable. No man should die because he put off treatment. Neither should he have unnecessary operations that will not render him cancer free.