Diagnoses of early prostate cancer continue to decline in the United States, following the 2011 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation against routine screening for the disease.
For those of you not familiar with this screening, the analysis involves a simple blood test that identifies levels of PSA (prostate specific antigen), a protein produced by the prostate gland. While the test can determine when cancer exists, it can… Read More »
Prostate cancer screening with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) has been shown to reduce death and the spread of prostate cancer to other parts of the body, but the PSA test remains highly controversial as it frequently leads to over diagnosis and over treatment of men who may not be at risk. Smarter screening strategies that can improve the accuracy of diagnosing lethal prostate cancer are urgently needed. Through a prospective… Read More »
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Dietary guidelines for prostate health and function include:
Eat fresh and organic foods whenever possible Enjoy grapefruit as a breakfast juice, add segments to salads, have a half grapefruit as a first course Eat legumes regularly, especially organic soyfoods (tofu, tempeh, edamame, etc) Eat fresh vegetables every day, especially mustard family vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.) Men eating 4 servings of vegetables daily have almost… Read More »
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The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) is updating its controversial guidance about prostate cancer screening, and a final research plan was published online last week.
The plan will guide a systematic review of the available evidence on prostate cancer screening. In turn, the systematic review “will form the basis of the Task Force’s updated recommendations statement on this topic,” according to the USPSTF website.
Dr. Jesse D. Sammon, a… Read More »
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To understand how to prevent prostate cancer, one must first understand what causes it. There are four major factors that influence one’s risk for developing prostate cancer.
Age: The average age at diagnosis of prostate cancer in the United States is 69 years and after that age the chance of developing prostate cancer becomes more common than any other cancer in men or women.
Race: African Americans are more likely… Read More »
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Despite its common use, the PSA blood test cannot distinguish between low-grade cancer and high-grade cancer. Low-grade cancer can be monitored and does not need active treatment whereas high-grade cancer requires surgery and radiation therapy.
A new urine test that can detect genetic changes correlated with prostate cancer correctly identified cancer grade in 92% of men with elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels had high-grade cancers.
A new study, published in… Read More »
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While the exact cause and causes of prostate cancer are not known there are some things you can do that may lower your risk.
Studies suggest that men who get regular physical activity have a slightly lower risk of prostate cancer. There is some evidence that vigorous activity may have a greater effect, especially on the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer. If you are of African descent it may… Read More »