Cancer Screening: Why It's Not Always an Option More info: http://bit.ly/zVSRcY Screening for some rare types of cancer is not always effective and may not help with prevention or early detection. Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at MD Anderson, explains why. Video transcript: But there are reasons not to screen an individual. There are some rare cancers that are so rare that they affect a very, very tiny portion of the population. The cancer may not cause significant illness or death and, for example, like the basal cell carcinoma. It doesn't tend to cause death and it's pretty straight forward in its treatment so we don't, for many, need to be doing screenings for it. In some cases, earlier diagnosis doesn't lead to a better outcome. For lung cancer, that's been the history we've had as we hadn't been able to catch lung cancer at an early more treatable stage but I've got some exciting news for you in a little bit to tell you on that. And in some cases, there is no effective treatment and there's not really a good reason to be looking for a cancer if we don't have something to offer you to treat it. 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. View the complete 2011 Prostate Health Conference: http://bit.ly/y10drf
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