* Posts by matcaley

1 post • joined 26 Mar 2012

Robotic surgeon successful in first prostate snip


Re: Rise Of The Machines?

@ Shocked Jock,

Apologies in advance for getting all serious but having worked in Prostate Cancer Research I can't help it.

While you are right that most men over 60 do have some cancerous cells in their prostates (50% of men in their 50s -> 80% of men in their 80s http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats/types/prostate/incidence/ )

and that the majority of these men will not be severely effected by those cells 1:26 men will still die from prostate cancer and every year over 4000 men in the UK UNDER 60 are diagnosed with prostate cancer (http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/prod_consump/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=279764&allowInterrupt=1).

As the treatment for prostate cancer are not pleasant and surgery often leaves men impotent and incontinent anything that improves surgical outcomes is potentially life altering for the men involved. Men don't talk about prostate cancer, so research into treatment and detection is a decade behind breast cancer.

Visit CRUK's website (http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats/keyfacts/) or the Prostate Cancer Charities site (www.prostate-cancer.org.uk) for more information


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