Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and second most common cause of death from cancer in men. It also may be the most confusing disease to manage because there are so many ways to treat it, and the studies needed to determine which treatment is best have not been done. Consequently, men are subject to the opinions and biases of the doctor treating them. Given the significant controversy, men have to educate themselves and play a role in decision-making, and it starts with the following five things your doctor may not tell you about this disease.
6 They’re supposed to have a lengthy chat with you
A recent study revealed that many doctors don’t discuss prostate cancer screening pros and cons with their patients, which is pretty worrying, as we rely on our docs to keep us in the loop, right? Researchers at Brown University found that only one in three men screened with the PSA test discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the test with their doctor. The men who were more likely to undergo testing without being aware of all the pros and cons had low incomes, lacked a high school diploma, were uninsured or were Hispanic. “The most vulnerable men are getting less counseling,” said study co-author Annie Gjelsvik, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Brown’s School of Public Health, as reported on MedlinePlus. The findings, published online in the journal Urology, have been described as “alarming” by the study authors. This type of cancer in men is more common than breast cancer in women, so it’s an illness we need to be talking about. Here are 10 prostate cancer facts you might not know.