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Cancer Screening: Why It Works  

Cancer Screening: Why It Works More info: http://bit.ly/zVSRcY Cancer screening plays a critical role in the prevention and early detection of diseases including prostate, breast, colon and rectum cancers. Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at MD Anderson, explains why. Video transcript: So, one of the first questions is why screen for cancer? Well, it's fairly well established that for many cancers if we catch it at an earlier stage, it is more treatable. We can use less toxic therapies and the outcomes are better so we want to find those cancers at the earliest most treatable stage. We have seen progress being made against cancer. This is the slide just on American men but we see similar parallels to women in many respects. Where we had initially seen an increase in lung cancer due to cancer prevention efforts in tobacco cessation we now are seeing a decline in lung cancer deaths in men. We started to see that turn in women although I don't have that slide. You see that prostate cancer here has been decreasing in the number of deaths as well as cancer of the colon and rectum. This particular slide here looks at trends in five-year survival rates for both men and women and I think this is a very exciting slide to see. If you look compared to the 1970s, more people are surviving cancer. Almost two thirds of individuals who were diagnosed with cancer will survive their disease. We see that cancer of the breast has improved in survival so has cancer of the prostate. We can see that colon and rectum down here and even leukemia, all of these less likely, individuals diagnosed with these cancers are less likely to die of the disease. Now, it's a combination of factors that has contributed to that. It's not all cancer screening. Certainly, we have improved treatments. But for many of these like breast, prostate, colon and rectum, we have screening test that can afford the earlier detection of cancer and improve the outcomes. It has been estimated that as many as one half of cancer death could be prevented by cancer screening and so you see at the pearly gates it says, "I would have been here sooner if it hadn't been for early detection." That's kind of our goal is, to make sure that we can maximize early detection to improve the outcomes. Video description: Therese Bevers, M.D., professor in the Department Clinical Cancer Prevention and medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at MD Anderson discusses cancer screening at the 2011 Prostate Health Conference, "Protect Your Prostate: Get the Facts," September 10, 2011, Houston, Texas.. John W. Davis, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Urology at MD Anderson, chairs this educational conference for healthy men and those with prostate cancer, as well as their families. The Prostate Health Conference updates men on current issues in prostate health, prostate cancer, screening, treatment, research, education and prevention. MD Anderson has specific screening plans for men and women, based on their chances of getting cancer. The exam you get and how often you are tested depends on whether you are at average, increased or high risk for cancer. People at increased risk have a higher chance of developing the disease than those at average risk. View the complete 2011 Prostate Health Conference: http://bit.ly/y10drf

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