Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall

Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to FallDiagnoses of early prostate cancer are on the decline in America, thanks to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations against routine screening. According to some experts, however, these statistics don’t necessarily point toward fewer cases of the disease.
Why the Decline?
Because symptoms can take years to develop, prostate cancer often goes unnoticed until it has spread to other parts of the body. To improve early detection, doctors often rely on prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening. Unfortunately, because these tests aren’t 100-percent accurate, they often lead to false positives that can cause anxiety and lead to unnecessary follow-up tests.
In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a statement recommending against routine PSA screenings. Over the next two years, there was a 25 percent drop in diagnoses of early prostate cancer in American men aged 50.
Is it Good News?
While some suggest improved preventive measures could play some role in the declining number of diagnoses, experts are quick to point out that the statistical drop is consistent with the drop in PSA screening. While fewer PSA tests may indeed spare healthy men from anxiety, it could also prevent early interventions in men who actually have the disease. Because it is a slow-growing tumor, prostate cancer can be a silent killer. Without PSA screening, some men remain unaware of their disease until it has metastasized during late stages.
New Studies Raise Alarm
According to a study published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, advanced prostate cancer rates in the U.S. have jumped considerably over the past few years. While they can’t say for sure, many point toward the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendations as a likely cause.
What Should You Do?
While some experts blame the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendations for increased rates of advanced prostate cancer, others say the guidelines are being misunderstood. In reality, these recommendations only advise against routine screening for low-risk individuals. They also call for informed decision-making regarding potential benefits and potential risks.
If you are at a high risk of prostate cancer, consider a screening at age 40. If you have an average risk, health experts recommend a screening at age 50. It’s important to remember that over 80 percent of prostate cancer cases occur in men over 65. That said, if you are African-American or have a family history of the disease, talk to your doctor about getting screened at an earlier age.

Health News + Events

What to Expect With COVID-19 & Back-to-School Protocols

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in early 2020, it turned life upside down for more than 50 million school-age children across the country. In fact, according to Ed  Read More

TikTok Health Hacks: Safe or Sham?

No matter your preferred social media channel, you’ve likely seen viral health hacks for everything from congestion to snoring to weight loss. We turned to our team of certified  Read More

How to Treat a Dog Bite

Dogs are undoubtedly man’s best friend, but even the friendliest of creatures can sometimes get spooked or display aggressive behavior. Bites can even happen when giving an excit  Read More

What Our Patients Are Saying

Rating 4.6
Rating 4.2
Rating 4.6
Rating 5.0

"The overall care I received was excellent! I also appreciate your affiliation with Yale New Haven Hospital."

Derby, CT

"Throughout the visit I felt like the staff really cared. The Doctor took his time talking with me about my symptoms, and I felt like he listened to all my concerns and took that into consideration when recommending the right treatment. Thank you!"

Hamden, CT

"I had to take my son in for an ear infection following a sudden change in temperament at daycare. He was inconsolable the entire car ride but when we got there and by the time we left this care facility he was back to his normal happy go lucky little two year old boy. I highly recommend PhysicianOne Urgent Care."

Westwood, MA

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the attention you gave me last week. My son was started on antibiotics and ear drops. Within 24 hours he began to feel better. The poor kid had been going to school in tears because he was afraid of missing any more days, but feeling (and looking) just awful! He's not been able to even think about lacrosse practice, but thanks to starting him on antibiotics, he was thrilled to return to practice today."

Somers, NY