PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING: PSA OR MR

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING: PSA OR MRI

As screening and diagnostic procedures for prostate cancer continue to be evaluated, Gerald E. Grubbs, MD, founder and leading interventional radiologist at SIR, stays close to this topic, and the SIR website will provide you with current thinking about this important issue for men’s health.

The controversy about use of the PSA test for prostate cancer screening continues, with experts from both sides stating their case. In 2012, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended against using the PSA as a routine prostate cancer test for healthy men, regardless of age.1

But proponents of the PSA say that more advanced cases of prostate cancer have been diagnosed since the decline of PSA testing and that PSA testing reduces prostate cancer mortality. They call for a return to PSA screening but not as an annual population-wide test.2

The core of the debate is that the PSA test is known to have some weaknesses:

  • PSA underdetects aggressive cancers that actually need treatment.
  • PSA overdiagnoses nonaggressive prostate cancer, thus leading to biopsies and treatments that may not be necessary.

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Use Radiofrequency Ablation to Target Your Cancer

cancer-300x200Cancer is an awful and unpredictable disease that occurs when the body’s cells stop functioning properly and ultimately spread into the surrounding tissue. Cancer cells are stealthy; they often bypass the immune system and ignore the body’s signals to stop dividing, which is part of what makes them so dangerous. As the cancer cells grow out of control, they can mutate into tumors and infect other areas of the body.

There are now more than 100 known types of cancer, many of which can actually be treated and forced into submission with the right type of treatment. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a new non-invasive procedure that promises major results for those with cancer. It’s actually been used successfully for nearly two decades to treat nerve-related chronic pain, but recent developments have allowed doctors to apply the ablation principles to create more and more cancer remission success stories.

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Revolutionary New Treatment for Osteoarthritis

arthritis-300x242Osteoarthritis is a widespread and prevalent health problem, with the CDC estimating nearly 30 million adults suffer this painful bone degradation as a joint’s protective cartilage wears away. Stiffness, tenderness, swelling, loss of flexibility, and grating sensations are all common symptoms of osteoarthritis, and while the knees, hips, hands, and spine are the most common join locations, osteoarthritis can damage any joint in the body.

Unfortunately, there’s no guaranteed way to protect yourself from osteoarthritis. Women, the elderly, and people who are obese or have suffered a joint injury are at higher risk for severe osteoarthritis. While many treatments exist to help make the process of osteoarthritis less uncomfortable- like therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone shots, and lubricant injections- they only alleviate the pain instead of actually halting the progression of deterioration.

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