More than 10,000 cases of cancer of the prostate, the walnut-sized gland that sits just below the bladder, are diagnosed every year in the UK. It is the second-most common cause of cancer deaths
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Biopsies of undescended testicles, thought to increase a man's risk of developing testicular cancer later in life, reveal nothing of clinical use and increase the risk of cancer ...
One of the things conventional medicine prides itself on is its diagnoses. But much of the credit goes not to doctors, but to the technologists who have created increasingly sophisticated ways of peering into the human body.
* Choose ‘fine-needle aspiration’ performed under ultrasound; it is thought to carry the least risks (Acta Cytol, 1995; 39: 449-52)
* Lung: PET scans are just as accurate as biopsies, with no significant health risks (Appl Radiol, 2003; 32: 9-17).
* Breast: MRI has variable accuracy (60-100 per cent)
Screening for prostate cancer is surrounded by controversy - and with good reason. Although deaths due to prostate cancer have gone down since 1985, when the PSA test
In 1971, Richard Nixon famously declared war on cancer and predicted that medical technology would find a cure for it 'within six years' - a boast to rival Kennedy’s goal to put man on the moon.
Radical prostatectomy to remove the entire prostate - the walnut-sized gland located in front of the rectum, between the bladder and the penis - is the first port of call in the treatment of clinically localised prostate cancer. More than 30,000 of...
One of the things I do in my job is to periodically scour the letters pages of medical journals. On more than one occasion, this arcane activity has borne amazing fruit. At those times, I am astonished to discover another of medicine’s darkest...