prostate cancer

Men considering vasectomy for a permanent form of birth control may be leery of the procedure because of fears that it might increase the risk of prostate cancer. However, research seeking to quantify such risks has not been definitive (we wrote about one such study a few years ago). But a new meta-analysis/systematic review just published in JAMA Internal Medicine should go far to lay such fears to rest.

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Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finalized a controversial recommendation that general breast cancer screening should begin at age 50, not before then. The decision was controversial not just because of its implications for health insurance coverage but because society has been conditioned to believe that screening is a valuable part of preventive medicine. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily true.

The reason is due to false positives. If an initial screen produces a positive result, a doctor is likely to recommend a more invasive test. Not only does this cost the patient in terms of psychological distress and money, it also poses new...

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a 2017 draft recommendation statement on screening for prostate cancer which is based on systematic evidence review and assessment— updated from their prior 2012 version. As indicated by the authors’ viewpoint published in JAMA, the goal of this release is to raise awareness of newly acquired data on the topic while inviting review and commentary before the report is officially finalized. (1)

Because there was concern that universal PSA (aka prostate-specific antigen, a blood test) population screening often...

Video of Minnesota’s Governor—Mark Dayton— collapsing while giving last night’s State of the State address entered the media and digital echo chamber. Fortunately, it has been reported that he swiftly recovered, was assessed by EMTs at the site, went home and will be back today for another scheduled public appearance.  

Moments ago, the Associated Press and multiple news outlets announced the Governor revealed he was diagnosed recently with prostate cancer. As a result, the picture is now clearer when put into context of yesterday's events.     

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This morning Archana Radhakrishnan et al. from Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania, published a paper in Cancer on who and why patients seek second opinions on prostate cancer. Despite recommendations from both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for cancer patients to seek second opinions regarding treatment, there is little substantive medical literature on the behavior surrounding second opinions.

The Findings

  • 4676 men identified diagnosed with localized prostate cancer and in the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry within the greater Philadelphia region were mailed surveys along with nominal payment for their completion. 51.1% (2386) responded.
  • The...

In a recent article, actor Ben Stiller chronicled how early diagnosis of prostate cancer - by a routine Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test - saved his life; as such, he urged all men over 40 to discuss the PSA test with their doctors.  There is no doubt that the testimony of a high-profile individual such as Mr. Stiller will cause many men to consider getting a PSA test yet we at the American Council on Science and Health and many others have been critical of it, so it is fitting that we review where science stands on the issue.

The PSA is a blood test that measures...

 

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In 2012, prostate cancer was the second-most frequent non-skin cancer in the United States — 105 new cases per 100,000 population. Many times, prostate cancer is not life-threatening — it is indolent, not progressing quickly and not metastasizing to other parts of the body. It's said, especially for older men, that you can die with prostate cancer, but from a different cause. But the disease can be aggressive — both progressing quickly...

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A new study shows an inverse relationship between frequency of ejaculation and risk of prostate cancer.

The authors used data from 31,925 men who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study from 1992 to 2010, and...

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A recent op-ed urges federal Medicare officials to not penalize doctors for ordering the prostate-specific antigen cancer screening test, which may seem like an odd sentiment to endorse, given that the American Council on Science and Health has stated that these tests are being given too often (such as here and here.)

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A new study in the respected Journal of Clinical Oncology reports a significantly elevated risk among men treated with androgen deprivation therapy, or ADT, for advanced prostate cancer, and the subsequent development of Alzheimer's disease.

The goal of the ADT-type of hormone therapy is to lower the level of male sex hormones, or androgens, that would stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cells. The researchers were...