Stress Related to Prostate Cancer Detection Test
Cancer is a disease which has a lot of paranoia and anxiety associated with it. Screening for cancer can lead to significant psychological stress.
This has now been proved true by the study that has revealed that men who underwent the tests to detect prostate cancer were greatly disturbed at the thought of undergoing the screening.
The research, conducted by the University of Bristol, took into consideration the responses of 330 men as they underwent the tests and after they finished with the tests.
The results of the test were published in the British Journal of Cancer. The study has revealed that it is important to inform men about the stress that is associated with a PSA test.
It should be noted that PSA or prostate specific antigen is a protein that is produced by the prostate gland. Under normal conditions the antigen is present in small quantities in men.
However, an increased level of PSA can also be related to the presence of prostate cancer. Raised levels of the antigen may require a follow-up biopsy to confirm the presence or absence of cancer. In almost 70% cases, this elevated level of PSA is not related to malignant growth of cells of the prostate cancer.
In spite of such high percentage of negative results, men report of feeling significantly distressed. Such levels of the stress can be linked to the fact that cancer as a disease has a lot of fear attached with it. It has no definite cure. It can spread like wild fire and is fatal when detected in later stages. Most people have little knowledge about the disease.
Such stress also stands testament to how unaware men are about the reality that if cancer is detected early it is curable.
Keeping this in view, it is very important to make people aware about the risk of stress, the high percentage of negative outcomes of the PSA test and moreover a generic understanding of the disease.