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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Redefining Prostate Cancer

One of the things most men don’t look forward to during a physical is the prostate exam. The doctor puts on a glove, you bend over, he reaches in, and tells you what he feels. Then he does a PSA blood test and gives you a number. But how accurate is all of that in finding a problem and in diagnosing prostate cancer? It’s the most common type of cancer diagnosed in men, but the majority of us don’t know anything about it.

Here to discuss it on my America Weekend show is Dr. Steven Lamm, director of the Men’s Health Center at NYU Medical Center and author of the new book, “Redefining Prostate Cancer.” Among my questions:

  • Isn't there a better way to check my prostate than a doctor’s finger in a glove?
  • A couple of years ago, we were told that PSA tests were doing more harm than good, and we shouldn't rely on them so much. Why?
  • Are a lot of men walking around with prostate cancer and don’t know it? How dangerous is prostate cancer?
  • Why don’t I ever hear of a guy in his twenties getting prostate cancer?
  • Is prostate cancer genetic?
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