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Ignorance is Not Bliss: PSA Test Saves Men's Lives from Prostate Cancer
Date:10/11/2011

panel, they often do, which could mean the test will no longer be covered.

"These physicians have just made our jobs much harder," says Dr. Samadi, "We're no longer just fighting prostate cancer; we're fighting misguided government guidelines."

Many prostate cancer specialists like Dr. Samadi devote a great deal of time to spreading the word about prostate cancer. For younger, healthy men there is strong evidence in support of the annual screening. From 1990 to 2007 we saw a 39 percent decrease in prostate cancer mortality thanks to early detection and treatment. The panel still recommends the test for those displaying symptoms of prostate cancer, risky business according to Dr. Samadi who reminds that the disease often has no symptoms until it has metastasized.

The USPSTF's message about PSA testing places blame on potential negative side effects of both biopsy and treatment, drawing the conclusion that if men don't know they have cancer they won't feel obligated to act and won't choose an option that they'll regret.

"There is proof that early detection saves lives and there are treatment options that work," says Dr. Samadi. One such treatment is robotic prostatectomy surgery, the complete removal of the cancerous prostate through robot prostatectomy surgery. Dr. Samadi uses his own SMART (Samadi Modified Assisted Robotic Technique) with great success. "I know men are afraid of prostate cancer, not because it's cancer, but because they've heard the stories about incontinence and sexual problems. It doesn't have to go that way," assures Dr. Samadi. His technique achieves continence in 97% of patients and sexual potency in 81% of patients within the first year.

Dr. Samadi knows the PSA test is not yet perfect, but cannot understand the panel's decision to eliminate it. "It's as if they said, 'Some people
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