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Surgery Overkill: Why Do We Love Robotic Procedures?

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe treatments cost more and, at least in the case of prostate surgeries and hysterectomies, there’s no evidence they do a better job, yet as National Public Radio put it, “it’s hard to resist a robot.” Especially for older men. Even though most medical associations have warned men with early stage prostate cancer not to rush into unneeded treatment — like surgery or radiation that could leave them incontinent or impotent  — older men are increasingly choosing expensive new treatments, …

Prostate Gene Test Could Save Men From Surgery

Posted on 05/9/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor men who undergo a biopsy for a prostate tumor, the big question has been whether to wait and see if the cancer grows slowly, or to treat it immediately with a regimen that could cause incontinence or impotence. What made the decision difficult is that there’s been no good way to tell which kind of cancer a man might have — slow-growing or aggressive — but a new gene-analysis test introduced this week may make the decision clearer. The …

Celebrating My 50th Birthday Cancer-Free

Posted on 09/18/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Jerry Bembry, journalism professor at Morgan State University. I turned 49 a year ago today. At the time, I considered all the exciting things I wanted to do leading up to my 50th birthday. “Fifty to Fifty,” was what I called my plan, and I began writing down the 50 things I wanted to do before hitting the half-century mark: “Take a cross-country drive, visit the six remaining states that I’ve never been …

Prostate Surgery: For Older Men, Waiting May Be Better

Posted on 07/23/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor men in their 60s who are diagnosed with early-state prostate cancer, surgery doesn’t help them live significantly longer than those who wait and monitor the slow-growing disease, a landmark new study finds. Prostate cancer affects one in six men, but surgery often causes serious side effects, including urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction. The results of the federally funded study suggests that a more conservative approach might be better, especially for men with a PSA reading under 10 ng per …

Prostate Test: Why Shouldn’t Men Get Screened, Then Decide?

Posted on 05/22/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor nearly two decades, middle-aged men have been told by their doctors to have a routine PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. But in a major turn-around, a high-ranking government panel said Monday that after reviewing all available scientific evidence, the conclusion was that the test does more harm than good, only saving one life in 1,000. The panel’s message to men: Don’t bother. What you don’t know (probably) won’t kill you. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which …

Prostate Screening: Older Men Don’t Need It, But Still Get It

Posted on 04/26/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen 81-year-old billionaire investor Warren Buffett recently revealed he had been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer after a routine screening blood test, many health experts wondered why a man of his age was even being tested for prostate cancer. Federal guidelines, issued in 2008, strongly advised against testing in men age 75 and older, saying it had little to no value. Yet a new study finds that the number of older men receiving the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test has …