One in six American men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer in their lifetime—but that statistic is meaningless until you are the one diagnosed with prostate cancer. Because prostate cancer is a “silent disease” (only producing symptoms in its advanced stages) most men will be shocked when they receive the news.Weighing the treatment optionsBy Rick Redner
The National Cancer Institute has suggested we change the definition of the word “cancer.” A growing body of research shows that we are overtreating a great many harmless tumors, in the process harming patients and creating much unnecessary medical expense.
Prostate issues are some of the biggest health concerns for men today. In 2013, nearly 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 30,000 will die. And other prostate problems can’t be ignored: benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis (prostate inflammation) result in pain, discomfort, and inconvenience, impacting quality of life.An integrative approachBy Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
The mass media flew into action in early July reporting titillating headlines related to a paper by Theodore Brasky, PhD, and his colleagues at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center suggesting a slight link between plasma levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer risk.Response to a recent negative reportBy Luke Huber, ND, MBA, Kira Schmid, ND, and Blake Gossard, on behalf of Life Extension
You may have seen a recent media flurry over a supposed connection between omega-3 fatty acid concentration in plasma levels and incidence of prostate cancer.
From ignorance to awarenessHow better testing can prevent harmful overreactionsBy Jay S. Cohen, MD
University of Illinois researchers studied mice genetically engineered to be predisposed to prostate cancer. The mice were fed one of four diets: 10 percent whole tomato powder, two percent soy germ, soy and tomato, or neither.
A 17-year study of 58,000 men shows that higher levels of selenium in toenails means lower likelihood of advanced prostate cancer—up to 60 percent lower. The toenail was chosen in lieu of blood testing as it indicates long-term exposure to selenium. Brazil nuts are highest in selenium: other selenium-rich foods are tuna, cod, turkey, chicken, and beef.
A high-fiber diet may have the clinical potential to control the progression of prostate cancer in patients diagnosed in early stages of the disease. The rate of prostate cancer in Asian cultures is similar to the rate in Western cultures. In the West, however, prostate cancer tends to progress, whereas in Asian cultures it does not. Why? The answer may be a high-fiber diet.
A peptide (protein) identified recently by a group of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and derived from Pacific cod may inhibit the spread of prostate, and possibly other cancers. Hafiz Ahmed, PhD, said, “The use of natural dietary products with antitumor activity is an important and emerging field of research.