January 30, 2019

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may understandably be dealing with a cloud of worry, looking for any information that can teach you how to live with it, how to treat it, and how to beat it. It’s a difficult yet manageable disease, and your journey to full recovery is dependent on how you handle the different ebbs and flows of your situation. Beyond the mental preparation you’ll be doing, here are some myths we can debunk about prostate cancer right off the bat.

1.      Surgery is always the best option.

While surgery is often the best solution for certain advanced cases, a 20-year study suggests that observation may be the best medicine for men with early-stage prostate cancer.  Researchers randomly assigned 731 men, average age 67, with localized prostate cancer to receive either surgery or observation only. At the 20-year follow-up, 62% of the men who had prostate cancer surgery had died of other causes, while only 7% died from prostate cancer. In comparison, 67% of the men assigned to observation died from other causes and 11% from prostate cancer. The absolute differences in mortality were not significant.

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