The prostate cancer rectal exam has become infamous over the years and has even become a staple in movies and TV comedies. But recent advancements in prostate cancer MRI scans may cause patient anxiety to drop while the resolution of the results have increased.
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The earliest stages of prostate cancer unfortunately tend to not cause any noticeable symptoms, so regular checkups can be important over the years. The first screenings for prostate cancer usually use a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test combined with a digital rectal exam (DRE). If a doctor suspects there may be an issue then a biopsy is often performed, but it’s claimed biopsies can mistakenly misidentify 20 percent of all malignant (cancerous) lumps.
Nowadays, a prostate cancer MRI scan can be used to examine the prostate and nearby lymph nodes to distinguish between benign and malignant lumps. But the newer endorectal prostate MRI methods combine newer technologies and allows doctors to pintpoint exactly where cancerous cells may be located.
Santa Fe Imaging Radiologist Margaret Gallegos explains the benefits:
“Endorectal prostate MRI exams give physicians and their patients struggling with a difficult prostate cancer diagnosis a clearer picture of how to proceed. For patients with high PSA levels with no definite diagnosis and prior negative biopsies, prostate MRI provides more certainty and can add potentially life-saving information. Some men may have potential symptoms and signs of prostate cancer, including inflammation, enlarged prostate or elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels, that make diagnosis difficult. Using prostate MRI combined with the endorectal coil, we can better avoid potentially unnecessary radical prostatectomy.”
Prostate cancer is not something to be trifled with. It’s estimated that one in seven men will be diagnosed with this problem and it’s the second leading cause of death from cancer. Prostate cancer statistics for 2014 from the American Cancer Society claim that 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year and about 29,480 men will die of prostate cancer. Although the average age for those diagnosed is age 66, only 60 percent of cases are found in those 65 years and older.