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Active Surveillance For Prostate Cancer: When Is It Risky?

Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer: When Is It Risky?

About 40 percent of newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients are found to have a low-risk form of the disease. For them, close monitoring, or active surveillance, can help men with slow-growing tumors manage their prostate cancer while reducing harm from overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

But a new prospective study by researchers from the University of Toronto that enrolled men who had slightly higher risk scores has found that despite close monitoring, metastatic disease developed in 3 percent of patients seven years after diagnosis.

Intermediate-risk prostate cancer is characterized by a Gleason score of 7 with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level higher…

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