Almost all doctors agree that although there is no one hundred percent effective treatment for prostate cancer that scientists and doctors have yet discovered, it is important for anyone at risk for prostate cancer, especially older men, to undergo regular screening for prostate cancer. What little we do know about how to successfully treat prostate cancer tells us unequivocally that finding prostate cancer early in its development is the key to treating prostate cancer. Few doctors would disagree with the fact that much more research about prostate cancer and many more clinical trials of various ways to cure prostate cancer are necessary before prostate cancer can be completely eradicated. However, despite the fact that we as a society are not yet completely equipped to cure the worldwide epidemic known as prostate cancer, it is widely acknowledged and agreed upon in the medical and scientific communities that testing for prostate cancer often is the best way to protect yourself against the dangers of prostate cancer.
Indeed, although it can be discouraging to think about the fact that there is no sure way to prevent the development of prostate cancer, or to eradicate the risk factors that may lead prostate cancer to develop, the fact that testing for prostate cancer often will help you protect yourself means that there is hope. Testing is an important weapon that you can use to fight a personal battle against prostate cancer. Until science discovers a way to cure prostate cancer, the best thing that you can do is to get tested regularly.
Once scientists discover a way to cure prostate cancer, there may be less urgency to finding it early in its development. Someday, when a method and treatment to cure prostate cancer has been developed by researchers, doctors will probably be able to successfully treat a patient who has a very advanced stage of prostate cancer. In fact, once doctors discover a way to cure prostate cancer, it is likely that getting tested often and early won't have much of an impact on the eventual outcome of a course of prostate cancer treatment because it will be possible to cure prostate cancer in every patient who is diagnosed with the disease. However, until scientists find a way to cure prostate cancer, it is absolutely vital to get diagnosed in an early stage of prostate cancer before the disease develops further and spreads to other parts of the body. The most important thing that anyone can do to protect themselves against prostate cancer until science finds a way to cure prostate cancer is to get tested often so that doctors can catch the disease in its early stages, which are quite treatable. An early stage diagnosis is a diagnosis that is much more likely to end in a clean bill of health than a late stage diagnosis, which will require more complex treatment that is invasive, expensive, and not always successful. The fact that doctors and scientists agree that, although there is not yet a clear cure for prostate cancer, it is important for people who may be at risk for prostate cancer, especially men in the late years of life, to undergo regular screening for prostate cancer means that you should do everything in your power to make sure that the older men in your life get tested regularly.