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Be careful using statistics generated by "Epidemiologists" in making your prostate cancer decision. The numbers are based on the "masses" and not on information that is specific to you and potentially make you "let your guard down" and hence a decision made in error. What do you tell the man who is diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease, who had not been deligent about exams because he read that only 1% of people die of prostate cancer in 5 years after the diagnosis?

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Men's lack of knowledge of the prostate, the risk factors, and lack of symptoms mean nothing, often delays the diagnosis of prostate cancer. The focus of the medical community should be directed at awareness in order to prevent late diagnosis because of the male's misconceptions about this disease.

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The newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient needs to know a lot about himself and his disease if he is to make a decision that is right and "customized" to him. McHugh's "Who are you" factors begins the process of making the right decision. It is imperative that one evaluated these and understand the ramifications of each before making an informed decision.

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Waiting on the results of any lab test that could indicate a cancer is a very difficult time. Thousands of men experience this yearly and sadly 250,000 times a year the urologist enters the room to say, " I am sorry, your prostate biopsy shows cancer." An excerpt from "The Decision" by John McHugh M.D.

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