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Prostate cancer: patience and prevention

Prostate cancer: patience and prevention

For more than a decade, we’ve known that prostate cancer is over-diagnosed and over-treated, putting men at risk of incontinence and sexual dysfunction to remove what might have been a slow-growing, non-lethal cancer.

When active surveillance of prostate cancer was first proposed over a decade ago, men weren’t racing to be the first to try it. Active surveillance is the careful monitoring of cancer for signs of progression. Unlike lung, breast and colon cancer, there are indolent forms of prostate cancer that do not require surgery or radiation.

Even so, nearly 50% of patients dropped out of early surveillance programs, out of fear that they were being too risky with their...

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