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For men over age 50 who are going to have a PSA test for prostate cancer, ejaculation within the past two days may artificially raise PSA levels. Men should be aware of the time of their last ejaculation and tell their doctors the last time they had an ejaculation in case results are high. Finally, while the digital rectal exam or other aspects of a prostate exam shouldn't interfere with PSA levels, I suggest that blood be drawn before the rectal exam as a precaution.

There are nearly 30,000 deaths due to prostate cancer each year in the United States. To put that number in perspective that's half the capacity of the Super Dome in New Orleans (home to the New Orleans Saints!) However, if prostate cancer is detected early, it is curable. Recently, PSA testing has come under controversy. Researches from Sweden compared PSA screening vs. no screening and concluded that screening does, indeed, cut the deaths due to prostate cancer.

The researches concluded:
-Prostate cancer was diagnosed in 11.4% of the screening group vs. 7.2% of the control group.
-Among men with detected prostate cancer in the screening group, 78.7% were diagnosed as a result of enrolling in the study.
-Cancers were detected on average earlier in the screening group

The Bottom Line: The findings suggest the benefits of prostate cancer screening can outweigh the risks. My suggestion is that all men over age 50 should be tested annually.

The French Have Done It Again- Dogs Can Use Their Noses to Sniff Out Prostate Cancer

June 10, 2010 by neilbaum
Dogs can be trained to detect prostate cancer by smelling urine samples and signaling the presence of certain volatile organic compounds produced by cancer cells, according to French researchers.

Jean-Nicolas Cornu, MD, of Tenon Hospital in Paris, and colleagues obtained fresh urine samples that had been frozen for preservation from 66 men referred to a urologist because they had an elevated PSA level or abnormal findings on digital rectal examination. Of the 66 men, 33 had prostate cancer and 33 did not, as determined by prostate biopsy.

The dogs used in the study were trained in three phases. In the first phase, which lasted five months, dogs were trained to recognize cancer urine. In the second phase, which lasted 11 months, dogs were trained to discriminate cancer urine from control urine. In the final phase, dogs were presented with five urine samples and prompted to select the one sample that was cancer urine.

Dogs correctly classified 63 of 66 samples. These results suggest that volitle organic compounds produced by cancer cells can be detected in urine samples.

So if you come to a French doctor's office and you find a dog in the exam room, don't be alarmed. The dog may just be one of the doctor's helpers used to diagnose your illness! For my office, I'm going to "go standard" and suggest for all men over the age of 50 that they have an annual PSA blood test and a digital rectal exam. It's the American way!

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Dr. Baum