Experts said Wednesday the first controlled study comparing three different approaches to prostate cancer — radiation versus surgery versus “watchful waiting” — shows there is no truly bad choice for most men. According to NBC News, the British study won’t end debates over whether prostate cancer screening is a good idea. However, it should reassure many men that it’s OK to make their own decisions about whether and how to treat prostate cancer if they get diagnosed. While tumors were more likely to grow and spread in men who got no treatment compared to those who did, it was still rare. It was even more rare for men to die from prostate cancer. The researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that out of 1,600 men who took part in the 10-year study, just 17 died of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is very common, showing up in 240,000 U.S. men every year. It kills about 30,000 a year.
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