Supreme Court Justice Stevens And Prostate Cancer

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Think what you will, but it is a story of bravery, determination, and perseverance in the face of unseating odds that would get the better of you. Or could it be that this man is merely a junkie for the law? So much so, now he is unable to get away from the lure of it even though he should be getting bed rest while his treatments commence. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens while being treated for prostate cancer continued to hear cases and pass judgment in spite of what some would call his ‘weakened’ state.

Although he expected to recover completely from the disease and from the side effects of the treatments, it is still a bit of an amazement that “Justice Stevens [should be] expected to continue to participate fully in all cases to come before the court during and after his radiation treatment and to make a full recovery without any residual effects,” according to spokeswoman Toni House in a prepared statement.

Taken from the same statement, it is found that good old Justice John Paul Stevens has been paying attention to the directives and admonition of the American Cancer Society (ACS) by going for complete medical checkups as least once a year. In case you were never aware, the American Cancer Society does recommend that men aged 50 years and older should consider having an annual Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) and PSA test. Although this statement is especially recommended for men who have a high risk for the disease, being African Americans or those with a family history of prostate cancer, all American men are actually included in the broad spectrum.

The ACS urges that men should talk to their doctors about starting annual screening tests even at a younger age because although this condition is a malignancy that affects mostly the aged and hardly ever a man below the age of 40 (only one in ten thousand), the disease actually has no symptoms in the early stages. As a result, a man could carry it in his prostate for years without knowing, and when the malignancy starts to spread from the prostate, and he starts to feel pain and see blood in his urine and semen, this disease would already be a lot less curable and very likely to relapse. There is no reason at all to take that chance.

Sure, annual screening with a PSA test may be controversial because there are many false positives as a consequence of elevated PSA levels among men who do not even have the disease, often leading to unnecessary additional procedures, you will have to agree with me that it is better to be safe than sorry. Besides the test would hardly take a day out of three hundred and sixty five; that little in order to save your own life isn’t certainly too much trouble.

The statement by his spokeswoman detailed that Justice Stevens’ cancer of the prostate was discovered during a screening test at his last annual physical, explaining that it was still limited to the prostate, a stage at which prostate cancer is still highly curable.

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