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Prostate Cancer Active Surveillance Protocol Clinical Trial Conducted by NorthShore University HealthSystem
Date:6/15/2009

Prostate Cancer Patients See Benefit to Program

Evanston, IL (Vocus) June 15, 2009 -- Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men. Every three minutes, a man in the United States is diagnosed with prostate cancer, and every 20 minutes a man dies from the disease. But recent studies show men are often diagnosed and treated unnecessarily.

Prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening helps to identify 80% of new cases in an early, curable stage. PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland, and the test measures the level of PSA in the blood. More men are cured of prostate cancer each year because physicians are detecting the disease in an early stage through PSA screening. Conversely, PSA screening may often result in men being over diagnosed and unnecessarily treated for the disease, which is usually very slow growing

All prostate cancer treatments may result in debilitating side effects, including urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is conducting
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