Warren Buffet has announced that at age 81 he has early stage prostate cancer. The billionaire investor has decided to aggressively treat the cancer with radiation, but doesn’t intend to resign from his position as chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. It is not uncommon for older men to have the disease, but many don’t treat it and most don’t die from it.


Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times A day after Warren Buffett announced he had prostate cancer, the question on the minds of many men and their doctors is this: “Why was an 82-year-old man screened for the disease in the first place?” Mr. Buffett’s cancer was detected with a prostate specific antigen blood test, commonly called a P.S.A.

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Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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