Prostate cancer testing: has the bubble burst?

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Two new studies are bursting the bubble about the value of screening men for prostate cancer.
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Simon Chapman, University of Sydney

In 2010, I wrote a free book on prostate cancer testing with two colleagues, Alex Barratt (an epidemiologist) and Martin Stockler (a clinical oncologist), Let sleeping dogs lie? What men should know before getting tested for prostate cancer. It has been downloaded just short of 38,000 times, the highest of any item in Sydney University’s open access repository.

Clearly, there is understandably immense concern about prostate cancer. In 2014, 3,102 Australian men died from the disease, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in males after lung cancer (4,947 deaths). Read more …

Barry is thankful for Prostate Cancer Survival. Here is his story:

It began for mPsalm 91v2e with going for a routine blood test about a year ago. This showed my PSA level to be somewhat high at 13.6. I was advised to have a biopsy, the results of which showed that of the nine samples taken three had cancer growths. The Gleason score was 8 out of 10, which is somewhat aggressive. This was quite a shock to my wife and me. Read more …

Confused Man on Prostate Cancer FactsProstate cancer facts are not so hard to talk about.  At least, not for the doctor or urologist explaining it to you. For us lesser mortals, it is one thing to vaguely understand it in theory but it is quite something else when it is possible to see a well crafted visual guide of the prostate cancer facts. See here.

This is highly recommended viewing for those who just want to know more as well as for those who know they have prostate cancer and want to understand prostate cancer facts better.

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chromosomesA test for the aggressiveness of prostate cancer would be extremely useful in working out whether to take direct action or to continue watchful waiting.

Recently, a study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has identified eight gene mutations known as gene fusions which indicate aggressive forms of prostate cancer. This gives great hope for improved strategies for treatment. Read more …

cane toad for prostate cancer?Poison from cane toads has been shown to be effective in killing prostate cancer cells. In China medicine made from toad poison is called chan su and is used to treat heart failure, sore throats, skin conditions and other ailments. Read more …

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment changes your life.

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment QuestionmarkMany decisions become urgent about treatments, lifestyle, family and cost. You will need to make some challenging decisions that could affect your day-to-day life for the future. Usually, prostate cancer is diagnosed in men who do not have debilitating symptoms. This means you can make decisions without the added setback of physical pain. Read more …

Cannabis can cure prostate cancer according to Dusty Frank. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2013 according to his story.  He says he did lots of research and then took the huge risk of going with an alternative treatment.  Read more …

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis is not always easy to understand. Here is one of the clearest explanations we have seen.

This excellent video explains the symptoms of prostate cancer, how prostate cancer is diagnosed and what happens if you are sent for tests for prostate cancer. Read more …