Surgery may not be the best option for those diagnosed with prostate cancer in its early stages, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on July 19.
In the study, which took place from 1994-2002, 731 men with localized prostate cancer were assigned to radical prostatectomy or observation and followed up with in January 2010.
The men with localized prostate cancer detected during the early stage of testing who opted for radical prostatectomy did not significantly reduce cancer death rates as compared to observation.
Currently, prostate cancer is typically treated with tumor-removing surgery or radiation.
However, roughly 90 percent of men who undergo prostate cancer treatments experience sexual dysfunction and 30 percent have urinary incontinence, according to the American Cancer Society.
by RTT Staff Writer
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