Prostate Cancer: Two Steps Forward

New tests may cut down on unnecessary biopsies

Prostate cancer has certainly gained a higher profile in recent years. The second leading cause of cancer death in men after lung cancer has its own U.S. postage stamp and its own celebrity patients, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and Yankees manager Joe Torre among them. The American Cancer Society estimates that 318,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and some 40,000 will die from the disease. That is particularly disheartening, because prostate cancer is almost 100% curable when caught early.

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