LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Although prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men in the US, a recent national independent study is downplaying the need for prostate screening. However, local physicians are saying screening is still the best form of cancer prevention.
"We may be diagnosing cancers that are not clinically significant, and that's what's led, you know, some societies to recommend against prostate cancer screening," said Dr. David Price, Urologist at Memorial Medical Center of Lufkin.
Doctor Price says had it not been for PSA blood tests and digital rectal examination, 64-year-old James Lovett would not be a survivor today. Price provided Lovett hope when he had cancer 4 years ago.
"It was very depressing at first, and then, you know, after I went through the surgery, you know, things went back to normal pretty quick," said Lovett.
Lovett underwent the less invasive robotic surgery to remove his cancer. Now, he's tested regularly.
"It's very helpful, you know," said Lovett. "When I get my reports back, they've all been wonderful ever since I had my surgery. So, I don't mind coming back and getting it checked."
Dr. Price encourages his patients to continue PSA screenings and all other screenings because by the time you wait for symptoms to show up, it may be too late to stop the spread of cancer.
"If I had known what I know now, yes I would've had it checked," said Lovett.
Price says the results provided by early detection are invaluable because all men are at risk of the disease.
"I think overall that will show improved survival and better outcomes," said Price.