One of the ongoing debates in prostate cancer and urology is the value of routine screening of all men in a certain age group. There was a difference of opinion amongst the experts at the recent European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress in Vienna.
Professor Schröder from Rotterdam summarized what he tells a man who is considering prostate cancer screening:
Benefit: If your prostate cancer is detected by screening, your chance of dying within 10 years is reduced by at least 20%
Harm: Screening may detect cancer which would never harm you and you may undergo treatment for no good reason.