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Urology chief gives a prostate cancer update, cites need for individualized treatment

Gennady Bratslavsky, MDProstate cancer is a disease of many types that is best treated individually. Treatment options include various types of surgery, radiotherapy and medications, in addition to active surveillance and watchful waiting. Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, chief of urology at Upstate, provides an update on prostate cancer in this special 30-minute overview. One man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Urologists with expertise in cancer can help these men decide which treatment is best for them. The average age at diagnosis is 66. Screening is recommended to begin at age 55 and continue to age 70, but Bratslavsky says that is a rough guideline. Men at higher risk for prostate cancer -- including those whose family history includes breast cancer as well as prostate cancer -- may require earlier screening, and some men in their 80s are still recommended for screening.