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PROSTATE CANCER: Doctor explains symptoms, screening, treatment

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The death of Minnesota native and New York Times best-selling author Vince Flynn has many people talking about prostate cancer, and FOX 9 News spoke with a doctor about what patients should look for.

Flynn was just 47 years old when he lost his battle with stage 3 metastatic prostate cancer, and he had been fighting it for two and a half years.

Many men are told to wait until they are 50 to get screened for prostate cancer, but controversy currently surrounds that recommendation. Some men have higher risk and need to be screened earlier and more often.

A new study out on Wednesday says watching and routinely examining men with early, slow-growing prostate cancer is more effective and cheaper than sending patients to surgery or radiation straight away. In fact, many men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer don't need any treatment because the tumor grows so slowly, it won't affect them in their life time.

In other cases, however, the tumors can cause significant pain and suffering -- and by the time symptoms emerge, it's often too late.

FOX 9 News spoke with Dr. Pete Sershon, director of the United Hospital Prostate Cancer Center, about how prostate cancer is detected and what treatment options are available.

Watch the video for more information.

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