Back in the good old days, one of Dr Dean Edell’s recurring topics was over treatment of prostate cancer.
The inventor of the PSA test is on a campaign to get doctors to stop using the PSA test as a screening tool. At best, it might be a little bit useful at monitoring the disease.
We know from autopsies that by age 80, almost all men have prostate cancer. It is extremely slow growing – the average time from diagnosis to death is 20 years. The 5 year survival rate is 98% with no treatment.
As Don Imus has found out and is now shouting from the mountain top, Prostate cancer is the most over treated disease in America. Most men will die from something else long before their prostate cancer spreads.
Aggressive early intervention often leaves men impotent and incontinent. There is your motive.