Cancer Surgery: Common Myths Cancer Surgery: Common Myths More info: Some prostate cancer patients have mythss about getting a biopsy and surgery. Learn what you should worry about—and what you shouldn't. Video transcript: Now, let me cycle back to Dr. Matin and state—the question is what are the common misinformation facts that you hear in the clinic? What do you feel like you have to correct about surgery, or the whole overall picture from your standpoint? Some of the more common things actually are from the biopsy standpoint as, you know, that the biopsy spreads the cancer which, you know, there has been hundreds of thousands of biopsies done in the past 20 years. There is one report of that having happened and that was with a very crude old technique. The other thing that's a common misconception is, you know, if you open somebody up and the cancer touches air that it spreads and that, you know, that's just old--it's from the days when we didn't really understand cancer. Didn't have scans. Didn't have markers. We discovered them when they were very late and didn't know that there was disease everywhere and then you do the surgery and lo and behold, you know, a month later or two you see lumps and bumps everywhere and, you know, people would make the connection that surgery did that. But that's just—just doesn't happen that way. Video description: Surena F. Matin, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Urology at MD Anderson discusses misconceptions about cancer surgery, while presenting at the 2011 Prostate Health Conference, "Protect Your Prostate: Get the Facts," September 10, 2011, Houston, Texas. John W. Davis, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Urology at MD Anderson chairs this educational conference for healthy men and those with prostate cancer, as well as their families. The Prostate Health Conference updates men on current issues in prostate health, prostate cancer, surgery, treatment, research, education and prevention. Prostate cancer is the type of cancer found most often among men in the United States, and more than 192,000 cases are diagnosed each year. More than 2 million men in the United States, one man in every six, have been diagnosed with the disease. View the complete 2011 Prostate Health Conference: