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Prostate Health info.


Enlarged Prostate Info

50% of Men Over 50 Have an Enlarged Prostate.

 


Prostate Cancer: New More Accurate Testing from U.K.

By LOUANN SAVAGE

 

The Holy Grail of research for prostate cancer detection is an accurate diagnosis.

 

Prostate Specific Antigen [PSA] is the test used today for diagnosis of this kind of cancer. It is a simple blood test. However, it is not as accurate as any man and their loved ones would like it to be. Frequently giving a false positive, it's prudent to have more than one test or opinion before deciding on treatment or assuming you are free of cancer.

 

For this reason there is excitement around the latest findings of British scientists and their leader, Hayley Whitaker, of the Cambridge Institute. On October 14, 2010, they reported that a specific protein in urine could be a strong indicator of prostate cancer risk. This test, the microseminoprotein-beta [MSMB] test, looks for a protein that regulates cell death and is produced by normal prostate cells. When this protein is at reduced levels of those diagnosed with cancer, it is a clue to potential cancer issues and looks to be a more reliable cancer determiner than previous testing methods. Unfortunately, it could be five years before this new test becomes available. But the latest research leaves us with hope for a better diagnostic tool.

 

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men right behind lung cancer. One in six men will get prostate cancer in his lifetime. And it is as important to bring attention to this type of cancer as is the importance put on breast cancer for women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2010 more than 217,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Cure is only possible if it is detected early and treated properly.

 

Typically slow growing, about 1 in 36 will die of this disease. It accounts for about 11% of cancer-related deaths in men. Keeping these statistics in mind, you do have time to learn about the disease and the treatment methods available. But it must be noted that with prostate cancer there is only one chance to be cured. This is why beginning at age 50, all men should have an annual PSA test until such time the MSMB test becomes available (approximately 5 years). Age 40 is best for African-American men and men with a family history of the cancer. Prior to these ages, getting on a path of healthy nutrition can be the best prevention for cancer of any kind.

 

A diet high in red meat or fatty dairy products while low in fruits and vegetables may contribute to a man's chance of getting prostate cancer. Age is also a factor. Two-thirds of prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.

 

What is important to remember is this. If you are diagnosed with an abnormal PSA or prostate cancer, take time to:

a.       Study about it

b.      Ask questions

c.       Make educated decisions about your treatment

d.      Interview urologists to get the best care possible

e.       Get yourself on a healthy diet and alternative protocol regimen that goes to enhance any course of treatment you choose; and,

f.        Learn about prostate cancer drugs that the FDA has put new warnings on

 

Men, we women care about you as much as you care about us. Take your health seriously and get regular physicals and check-ups. It's important!

 

LouAnn Savage is publisher and editor of The Weekly Healthline, an online health publication. She is lecturer, researcher and marketer for health and fitness programs and product that advance the world toward true health. Follow LouAnn at her corporate website, http://www.HealthFitforLife.com, www.MyAsea.com/Savage and on www.twitter.com/louannsavage and Facebook.

 

 

 

 
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