3 Prostate Cancer Myths

PSA tests, prostate surgery often misunderstood

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When it comes to prostate cancer screening and treatment, misconceptions persist.

It’s important to separate myths from facts:

Myth 1: PSA (or prostate-specific-antigen) testing mostly benefits men over 65

Although PSA screening is mostly performed in men over 65, the men who really benefit from the test are young and have a PSA pattern that highly suggests cancer. If these young men take their test results seriously, they are biopsied for high-grade cancer and then treated and cured of their cancer.

“A biopsy is the only way to know for sure.”

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Eric Klein, MD

Chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute

Myth 2: A high PSA score always means prostate cancer

Other conditions, including non-cancerous prostate enlargement, can cause higher PSA, so a biopsy is the only way to know for sure.

Myth 3: Prostate surgery ruins your urinary control and your sex life

In experienced hands and the early stages of prostate cancer, long-term issues with urinary leakage are minimal. In the majority of men with early stage prostate cancer, it’s possible to do nerve-sparing surgery and have normal erections.

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Remember that prostate cancer can often be detected early through screening. A digital rectal exam is one screening method, and a PSA is another.

According to the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.


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Eric A. Klein, MD

Eric A. Klein, MD, is an international leader in the biology and management of prostate cancer. Dr. Klein serves as Chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute.
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  • Jeffrey Eadie

    I’ve heard that prostate screenings do more than good. Is that true. I always thought prostate supplements can protect against prostate cancer. I’ve just read a Super Beta Prostate review and found that it may only help protect against an aging prostate.

    • Michael Ostrowski

      Yes, screening does much more damage than good.

      • robert lazarz

        Michael, I guess that you think ignoring a potential problem is OK then??? I had early screening…ie PSA test which led to a biopsy which determined that I had prostate cancer. After 12 months of “watchful waiting” and a second biopsy, it was agreed upon that I should have a prostatectomy. I thank God for the PSA test and early screening.

        • Michael Ostrowski


          I truly hope you are doing well. However,why in the world would I trust my prostate health with a doctor {quack?} who cannot tell me specifically what prostate cancer is? I had an 81 PSA four years ago and am still around without any “help” from conventional medicine. Finally it is only human nature that individuals will rationalize that ANY decision that they may make is the correct one. That said, I hope you made the right decision. In most cases PC is a fungal infection and it is therefore likely that an anti-fungal diet as well as other intelligent life style changes will do better than surgery, chemo and radiation. Good luck.

  • Jeffrey

    I had a high PSA for years & had a biopsy. Thankfully no cancer. It turns out that due to a very large prostate w/urine retention issues, I developed bladder stones. After removal, my PSA dropped dramatically & I am currently on drugs which will help to shrink my prostate, so I have less of an issue of urine retention.

  • TheNerdyPengwin

    how young is young though?? 22? 35? 40?