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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects the prostate, a walnut-size gland in men that surrounds the urethra and normally helps produce seminal fluid. Unlike other cancer types, prostate cancer sometimes grows very slowly. If it's an early-stage cancer, it may be safe to use "watchful waiting" or "active surveillance" to monitor the cancer and delay treatment unless it gets bigger or more threatening. Prostate cancer treatments include radiation, surgery, and hormone therapy, which can have side effects such as erectile dysfunction or incontinence.

Prostate Cancer News

  • Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bone-Strengthening Meds: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many men on hormone therapy for prostate cancer aren’t getting bone-strengthening drugs they may need, new Canadian research contends. Hormone therapy, which suppresses male hormones called androgens, helps stop cancer cells from growing. But one consequence of the treatment is weakening of the bones, which can [...]

  • Does Having Lots of Sex Lower Prostate Cancer Risk?

    Don Juans of the world, take note: Men who sleep with lots of women may be less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who don’t play the field, a new Canadian study suggests.

  • Hormone Therapy May Up Heart-Related Deaths in Some Prostate Cancer Patients

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Giving hormone therapy to men with prostate cancer who also have certain heart problems may increase their odds of dying from a heart-related cause, a new study suggests. The therapy in question is called androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). It’s used in prostate cancer to reduce levels [...]

  • Playing the Field May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk: Study

    TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Having sex with more than 20 women might have some risks for men, but a new study suggests it could also have an unexpected health benefit. Canadian researchers report that such promiscuity lowers the risk of prostate cancer by 28 percent. The same did not hold true if a [...]

  • High Cholesterol Tied to Prostate Cancer’s Return in Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — After surgery for prostate cancer, elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may be linked with greater risk of the cancer’s return, a new study suggests. In a review of more than 800 men who had had their prostate gland removed, those with higher levels of these [...]

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