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Prostate cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer related death in men.  More than 30,000 men will die each year of prostate cancer.

The early detection of prostate cancer has been widely recognized as the key to curing this potentially deadly disease. The digital rectal examination as well as the PSA blood test are tools that urologists utilize, to help them diagnose prostate cancer at its earliest stages, when cure is possible.

Although the issue of prostate cancer screening using the PSA blood test has recently become somewhat controversial, 10 year survival rates have increased from 53.5% to 98.6%, largely due to the earlier detection of this disease.

A European study of 160,000 men, found that 21% fewer men died of prostate cancer if they were screened, as compared to those men who did not undergo screening. This number rose to 38% in those men followed for more than ten years.

Another study in the July 30, 2012 issue of Cancer, which involved 5 million men, found that if PSA screening was not performed, three times as many men (25,000), would present with widespread , incurable, metastatic disease, when finally diagnosed, compared to those men who underwent screening.

The American Urological Association, the largest organization of urologists in the United States, recommends that the early detection of prostate cancer be offered to asymptomatic men 40 years of age or older, who have a life expectancy of at least 10 years.

This year St. Joseph Hospital will hold its annual Peter Pickering, M.D. Memorial Prostate Cancer Screening Day on September 22, 2012. We invite all members of our community to join us in helping us win the war against prostate cancer.

Robert D. Sunshine, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Director of the Department of Surgery

Chief of the Section of Urology

St. Joseph Hospital

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