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me_not_at_work t1_j8cxm5s wrote

Because they were more aware and vigilant resulting in earlier diagnosis and treatment. The familial connection is social not genetic.


zoinkability t1_j8dfkrm wrote

I was guessing just on the headline alone that it was because of higher levels of vigilance for signs of cancer and compliance with treatment.


couchmaster518 t1_j8dnj9r wrote

“…the researchers are confident that the findings can be explained by an ‘awareness’ effect, and provide further evidence of the benefits of programmes to identify men at high risk and potentially screen for disease.”


Bigfops t1_j8exi4x wrote

There’s also the ‘doctors awareness.’ I know my chart says I have a family history of colon cancer and heart disease. I got my first colonoscopy at 42, long before it is recommended. I go to a cardiologist at the recommendation of my GP and get an EKG at least once a year.

I’m in the US, so I also have a strong suspicion that those tests would not be approved for insurance without that family history.


couchmaster518 t1_j8eyyr0 wrote

Good point. I’m in the “family history” situation too and the extra attention is comforting.


PoorlyAttired t1_j8dp0vi wrote

That's an incredible turnaround based on 'knowledge is power'. Genetic risk=extra vigilance.


johndburger t1_j8efyt9 wrote

In addition to just increased awareness if someone had a relative with prostate cancer, it’s becoming more common for such men to get tested for the BRCA gene variants. Most people associate these with breast cancer in women, but they also increase men’s risk of prostate cancer substantially, as much as 4X.

Insurance will usually cover the test if you have a family history, and then your provider will schedule more frequent screenings, e.g. PSA tests.


Hyperion1722 t1_j8g27l9 wrote

"were up to a fifth less likely to die from prostate cancer or any cause compared with those with no family history of cancer".. Misleading because "or any cause" means death for whatever reason you can think of..


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Mavyalex t1_j8ewrwz wrote

I am 43 years old, man. Should I get diagnostic for prostate cancer at m'y âge? At what âge?


mtcwby t1_j8ft72u wrote

The only reason to be wary is that sometimes the PSA test gives a false positive and you need to abstain from sex before having the test. It doesn't mean don't get tested but be aware that the false positive can happen and that generally means more invasive testing. And talk to your doctor about when along with family history. It's a no-brainer to me at my age along with colon cancer screening.

That said I've known two men who died from it. One in his fifties about 15 years ago and one in his seventies very recently. The guy in his fifties was particularly sad because he was a Vietnam vet who had been wounded and thought the pain was related to that. Nicest and friendliest guy in the world taken way too soon.


meraero2 t1_j8gh908 wrote

I have significant family history, so docs started testing me at 44 or 45. PSA started going up at 47 … accurately indicating a tumor, confirmed by biopsy which I had removed.


Zestfullyclean87 t1_j8iuh18 wrote

Have any of your immediate relatives tested for genetic markers, or had prostate or breast cancer?


Mavyalex t1_j8k2rv5 wrote

Not that I know of...


Zestfullyclean87 t1_j8k5ngf wrote

Your chances are probably not very high then. Obviously, it’s not a foolproof way of approaching things, but these cancers very very often have a generic component to them.

If your parents have been tested for genetic markers, at least that tells you some of the story