Following non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the US and the leading cause of cancer death for men. Since prostate cancer develops on the prostate gland in the male reproductive system, biopsies for prostate cancer can be painful and invasive. Fortunately, MRI’s are becoming known for being the best tool for diagnosing prostate cancer.
Why Choose MRI Over A Biopsy
Similarly to how mammograms have saved women from uncomfortable breast cancer biopsies, MRI’s were found to reduce the number of prostate cancer biopsies needed in a recent study. MRI’s are non-invasive by nature and is a common diagnostic imaging scan for looking inside the body.
Not only are biopsies painful, they also have proven to be less accurate than MRI scans. Research has shown that MRI’s halved the number of wrongly identified as needing treatment for prostate cancer.
The Importance Of Diagnosing Prostate Cancer
While prostate cancer is usually found in older men, diagnoses are being made earlier and more frequently. By using MRI to diagnose prostate cancer early, elderly men can benefit from an early screening that also reduces the risks associated with biopsies.
The Signs And Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
The early stages of prostate cancer have almost no symptoms, but routine checkups with a physician and blood tests can help reveal any concerns.
Urinating more often, problem urinating, or pain is just a few signs that may cause concern for prostate cancer. Age, genetics, and lifestyle are just a few factors that may increase one’s chance of developing prostate cancer, but the exact cause is unknown.
We hope this helped you understand what causes prostate cancer and how MRI’s can play an important role in diagnosing prostate cancer early. If you have questions about prostate MRI’s, feel free to contact us!