MedPage Today recently published an article telling the story of a retired plastic surgeon’s nightmare. Dr. Fred Becker, Jr. was especially cautious because his father and older brother died from prostate cancer and another brother, who died from cardiovascular disease, also had prostate cancer.
Dr. Becker was initially diagnosed with low risk, low volume, Gleason 6 cancer. But a mistake was later made on follow-up testing. His MRI records were accidentally switched and he was told he had aggressive cancer that needed aggressive treatment.
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Special Reports > A Patient's Journey
Men, Beware of Biopsies for Prostate Cancer Dx
Physicians often downplay the risks
Source LA Times
By MELISSA HEALY
MAY 08, 2018 | 8:00 AM
Experts have new advice on prostate cancer screening. Here's why they put it back on the table
In a shift that puts early detection of prostate cancer back on the agenda of middle-aged men and their doctors, a federal panel of experts is recommending that men ages 55 to 69 weigh the potential harms and benefits of prostate cancer screening and judge whether getting tested feels right to them.