How can I figure out if prostate cancer screening will help me personally?

William G. Nelson
William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

“The best approach is to have a significant conversation with your physician about the risks and benefits of screening. It's shared decision making,” says William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. “People have different attitudes about what they’d like to do with their health. If someone had a brother who had prostate cancer and became very sick, that person may be very concerned about prostate cancer and may want to take maximum advantage of screening in an effort to reduce the chance that his life might be threatened by prostate cancer. If, on the other hand, a person knows two or three other men who have had bad side effects from treatment, they might not want to pursue screening. Still others are concerned about overtreatment for prostate cancer.”

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