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Dr. Lee Jackson of Memorial Hospital says "All of us who treat prostate cancer are seeing men presently with higher risk disease and later disease."

Dr. Jackson is a urologist with Memorial Hospital.  He's says there's a simple explanation for this disturbing trend.
Dr. Jackson goes on to say "They're getting confusing information as to whether there is value to screening for prostate cancer."

 Doctors use a blood test called a PSA to screen for Prostate cancer.

Two years ago, The American Urological Association stopped recommending the routine PSA test, saying healthy men under 55 don't need the routine annual screening.  

Ben disagrees.   

Ben Cagle, prostate cancer survivor says "Get a PSA, it saved my life."

Ben was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer last year.

Ben Cagle says "Once you get over the initial shock, then you get over the frustration, then the anger, then I started to collect myself and say it's time for research."

In addition to surgery, Ben also underwent radiation treatment.

 Dr. Jackson says because early prostate cancer is a silent disease, patients can't afford to wait for signs or symptoms .... which is why the screening and early detection are so important.

Dr. Lee Jackson "Symptoms come from advanced disease, if we wait for symptoms it is already too late to do anything meaningful."  

 There are more than 220 thousand new cases of prostate cancer each year.  And about 28 thousand die from the disease.

 Dr. Jackson says while he understands there are some questions about the value of the screenings in younger men, he feels there pros outweigh the cons.

As for Ben. He says  "If you haven't had a PSA and it's been over a year, get off your fanny and go get a PSA."

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