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American men have 16% chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, but only 3% die from it
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:25 am Email this article
“Prostate cancer may get a lot of press, but consider the numbers: American men have a 16 percent lifetime chance of receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer, but only a 3 percent chance of dying from it,” said Richard J. Ablin, PhD, a research professor of immunobiology and pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the president of the Robert Benjamin Ablin Foundation for Cancer Research, who discovered PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in 1970.
“That’s because the majority of prostate cancers grow slowly.”
“In other words, men lucky enough to reach old age are much more likely to die with prostate cancer than to die of it. Even then, the test is hardly more effective than a coin toss.”
He wrote this in an Op-Ed in The New York Times in 2010 which was titled The Great Prostate Mistake.
Ablin RJ. The Great Prostate Mistake. New York Times, 2010 Mar 9; http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/opinion/10Ablin.html
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