Prostate Oncology Specialists is starting up a movement to bring awareness to new technology in the prostate cancer realm.
The status quo of over a million men getting prostate biopsies every year is such an egregious problem and solutions exist - good imaging. Good imaging with Color Doppler Ultrasound or multi-parametric MRI now allows men to have their prostates evaluated and not go through needle biopsies. Now, this is a huge advantage - needle biopsies are causing all kinds of problems with infections, discomfort, and worse of all the discovery of low-grade prostate cancer that don't need treatment and get treatment anyway.
The Prostate Vanguard is an attempt by Prostate Oncology Specialists to raise awareness about these new technologies that are helping men get more accurate information.
The implications are so important because as you've all heard, PSA testing has come into question recently and it's because of the excess number of prostate biopsies, not because of PSA.
We want to help everyone know that the old way of doing things, random biopsy on everybody who has an elevated PSA is no longer appropriate, good imaging is a much better substitute.