Monday, September 28, 2009

Men Often Not Told of Prostate Cancer Risks: Study

Doctors do not involve men enough in discussions about whether to undergo screening for prostate cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. They said while many doctors agree that men need to understand the risks and benefits of screening for prostate cancer, only 69.9 percent of men in a survey said their doctors discussed screening with them beforehand. Of those, 71 percent were told about the benefits of screening -- catching a cancer early -- but only 32 percent were told of the risks, such as being treated for a slow-growing cancer that might never cause harm.
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