Older Prostate Cancer Patients’ Chances Improved in 1990s

Since prostate cancer screening increased, more older men are surviving the disease through Active Surveillance, aka “Watchful Waiting”

Older men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer after early 1990 and were treated with conservative management (“Watchful Waiting”) lived significantly longer than men in similar situation 10 or 20 years previous to that.

This is the finding of a large new study based on Medicare patients’ records. The study is published in September 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by a team at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).

The Case for PSA Screening Starting at Age 40

When men should take their first PSA test to screen for prostate cancer is an issue that comes up constantly in discussions of mens’ health.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network (NCCN) recommends men to take their first PSA test at age 40. How soon and how often to take a follow-up PSA tests would then depend on this initial level.