What is Prostate Cancer?

Dr. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, discusses prostate cancer.

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Dr. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, discusses prostate cancer.
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Featuring Dr. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS, DABU

Duration: 1 minute

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer that affects men in today's society.

Approximately one in six men will have prostate cancer. Our biggest challenge is to find prostate cancers that are significant, that is they're going to lead to morbidity, or even mortality.

We have a blood test called a PSA, which is pretty good at picking up prostate cancer in general. However, it can't differentiate the low risk or really slow growing cancers that probably won't impact your life from the more aggressive cancers. Yet, if we don't look we won't find the aggressive cancers and men may die unnecessarily because if you had caught them earlier on, they'd be curable.

The way I look at it, is if you're a young man say late 40s or 50s, or if you have a family history or other risk factors, you should think about prostate cancer. Ask your doctor about getting a PSA test and a rectal examination of the prostate.

Remember that getting a PSA does not mean that you're stepping onto a slippery slope. It doesn't mean you're necessarily going to have a biopsy and by next week your going to be leaking urine and not having sex anymore. It's just the first step in a process that might save your life.

If you have questions about prostate cancer, contact a local urologist.

Presenter: Dr. Larry Goldenberg, Oncologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Oncologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.