This week the 2011 US Preventive Services Task Force draft policy for prostate cancer was released. . They gave PSA tests a D rating, indicating that it was one of the following: 1) of no benefit 2) it was not recommended, or 3) that the harm outweighs the good.
The concern appears to be related to the fact that an elevated PSA test often leads to unnecessary biopsies, which in turn can lead to treatments that can result in severe side effects.
These concerns are valid. However, to encourage the elimination of a PSA screening is similar to “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”
Interestingly, there is a very simple solution to this new controversy that I would like to propose. First some background. The most common reason for an elevated PSA is due to a benign enlargement of the prostate. It can also be raised if there is an inflammation or infection of the prostate. Almost on the bottom of the list is an elevation secondary to cancer of the prostate.
It appears that the way things are now, any elevation greater than 2.5 is considered abnormal. Since doctors have a tendency to cover their posteriors at times, any elevation may easily result in a referral to a urologist. This will almost always result in a recommendation for a biopsy.
This brings us to part one of my solution. Along with the usual PSA test, a box can be checked right below it for a free PSA test. The results of this test are reported in percentages, with a reading of 20% or higher going against the possibility of a cancer, a result below 10% is suggestive of the presence of cancer, and the range between 11% and 20% is in the gray area.
Obviously, this test can eliminate the necessity of doing a biopsy in many cases.
This brings us to part two of my approach. In those cases where cancer is suspected on the basis of a free PSA test below 11%, take note of the following. Studies have indicated that only 7% of prostate cancer spread – so left alone, 93% of men would die with prostate cancer rather than from it.
Studies have also shown that when prostate biopsies are done, which usually entails 12 to 24 needle sticks each time, cancer cells can get into the bloodstream. Is it possible that prostate biopsies are the major cause of prostate cancers metastasizing?
By avoiding a biopsy when cancer is suspected, you can elect to take a wait and see approach, or, better yet, utilize natural substances to either fight the possible cancer or, at least, prevent it from growing. The use of natural anti-cancer substances will be the subject of a future blog.
Of course, the bottom line with regards to this subject is to prevent prostate cancer in the first place. Here is where natural progesterone plays a role – the hormone that prevents every cancer caused by estrogen, including prostate cancer.
In addition, vitamin D3 in a dose of at least 10,000 units per day might also prevent prostate cancer, along with 25 other cancers. I suspect that 15 years from now giving natural progesterone cream and high doses of vitamin D3 will be the standard of care – unfortunately, right now, it is almost unheard of.
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