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Could Living in Poor Neighborhoods Fuel Prostate Cancer in Black Men? Study Says It Might

The stress of living in a poor neighborhood might contribute to higher rates of aggressive prostate cancer in Black men, a new study warns.

Black men are more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than white men, and more likely to develop it as well, the researchers no...

Survey Shows Men Need to Do More to Prevent Cancer

American men are blowing their best chance to head off cancer or spot it early, when it's easiest to treat, a new survey warns.

More than 6 in 10 (65%) men in the nationwide survey said they are behind on at least one routine cancer screening, while nearly 1 in 5 admitted they don't even schedule their own health care appointments. 

Those are the key findings from the annual

Current Screening Might Miss Prostate Cancer in Transgender Women

Current screening standards could miss early-stage prostate cancer in transgender women, a new study warns.

Prostate cancer tests look for prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the small gland. Blood levels of PSA tend to be elevated in people with prostate cancer.

But the estrogen that many transgender women take as part of their gender-affirming care "drastically ...

Certain Prostate Meds Might Help Prevent Dementia

Prostate medications might help reduce the risk of a specific type of dementia, a new study suggests.

People were less likely to develop Lewy body dementia when taking drugs designed to treat urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, researchers reported June 19 in the journal Neurology.


Glowing Dye Helps Surgeons Track & Destroy Prostate Cancer

British retiree David Butler was surprised to find that he had prostate cancer, and that it had spread to the lymph nodes and other places near the prostate.

"I had literally no symptoms apart from needing to pee more quickly whenever I did go to the toilet,"Butler, 77, said in a ...

Study Confirms Effectiveness of 'Watch-and-Wait' Approach to Prostate Cancer

For a large percentage of men with prostate cancer, the tumor may be so slow-growing that doctors advise a "watch-and-wait" approach instead of active treatment.

Now, a study of almost 2,200 patients followed for up to a decade finds that, for most, that decision may be a wise one.

"In this study, 10 years after diagnosis, 49% of men remained free of progression or treatment, less t...

Plant-Based Diets Lower Risk of Heart Trouble, Cancer and Death

Following a vegetarian or vegan diet might just buy you a longer, healthier life, a new review finds.

Staying away from meat was tied to a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and early death, researchers reported in a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One.

After combing through nearly 50 studies on ...

Urine Test Might Help Men Skip Prostate Biopsies

When prostate cancer strikes, one question is paramount: Is it aggressive and requiring immediate treatment, or slow-growing and worthy of monitoring only?

Right now, an invasive biopsy is the only way to answer that query, but researchers say they've developed a urine test that could do the job instead.

The test, called MyProstateScore2.0 (MPS2), was developed by researchers at th...

New Federal Rule Means Hospitals Need Written Consent for Pelvic, Prostate Exams

In a letter sent to teaching hospitals and medical schools across the country, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that written consent must be obtained from patients before performing sensitive procedures such as pelvis and prostate exams.

The agency noted that it "is aware of media reports, as well as medical and scientific literature, highlighting instances whe...

Helping Poorer Patients Pay for Prostate Cancer Meds Keeps Them on Treatment

Men with prostate cancer treated at hospitals participating in a special drug-pricing program were more likely to stick to their therapy than patients elsewhere, new research reveals.

The federal 340B Drug Program requires the pharmaceutical industry to discount drugs sold to participating hospitals t...

PSA Test Might Overdiagnose Prostate Cancers in Black Men

A new British study suggests that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, long used to spot prostate cancers, might lead to overdiagnosis in Black men.

Researchers now theorize that Black men may have naturally higher levels of the antigen in their blood than white men, but that it does not indicate any higher risk for prostate cancer.

If Black patients are being overdiagnosed, th...

Avoiding Meat Can Help Men Cope With Prostate Cancer Treatments

The red meat diet associated with masculinity could be the worst thing for men dealing with prostate cancer, a new study says.

Prostate cancer patients who limit meat and dairy but eat lots of plant-based foods tend to suffer less erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and other embarrassing side effects associated with their treatment, researchers say.

Men who ate the most plan...

Defense Secretary Returns to Hospital With Bladder Issues

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2024 (Healthday News) -- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III, who spent time in intensive care last month for complications related to prostate cancer surgery performed in December, has returned to the hospital with bladder issues, the Pentagon announced Sunday.

"Tonight, after a series of tests and evaluations, the Secretary was admitted into the critical care unit at Wal...

Just a Small Boost in Fitness Cuts Men's Prostate Cancer Risk

Even small increases in a man's cardio fitness can significantly reduce his risk of developing prostate cancer, researchers report.

An annual increase in aerobic fitness of 3% or more is linked to a 35% lower risk of prostate cancer, according to a report published Jan. 30 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

"Improvements in [cardiorespiratory fitness] in adult men s...

King Charles, Princess of Wales Discharged From Hospital After Surgeries

Britain's King Charles III returned home on Monday after a planned prostate surgery, the same day his daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, was also discharged following an undisclosed abdominal surgery.

Both had been treated at the London Clinic private hospital.

The King spent three nights there after surgery on Friday for an enlarged prostate, according to from B...

Defense Secretary Has 'Excellent' Prognosis After Prostate Cancer Treatment, Docs Say

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will not need any more treatment for his prostate cancer and his prognosis is "excellent," his doctors say.

The news came after a follow-up appointment Austin had at Walter Reed National Military Center on Friday.

"Beyond planned physical therapy and regular post-prostatectomy follow-up appointments, he has no planned further treatment for his cancer,"...

Multi-Drug Combo May Be Best Against Prostate Cancer

Combining two or three testosterone-blocking drugs prevents the spread of prostate cancer better than just a single medication, a new clinical trial has found.

Men who received two or three hormone blockers remained cancer-free with lower PSA levels for longer than those only receiving one drug, researchers found.

Once off the treatment, men who took the combo therapy saw testostero...

Decade-Long Study Offers Guidance on Treatments for Prostate Cancer

A new study may provide help to men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer who are faced with a daunting array of treatment options.

The study tracked 10-year outcomes and treatment side effects for nearly 2,500 men first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 and 2012.

"Unlike previous studies, it focuses on contemporary treatment options,"explained study lead author

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  • U.S. Cancer Death Rates Are Falling, But News Isn't All Good

    Cancer deaths continue to decline in the United States, with more than 4 million deaths prevented since 1991, a new report shows.

    But more people are developing cancers than ever, making the dreaded disease a continued threat to human health, according to the new report

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  • Defense Secretary Austin Leaves Hospital After Prostate Cancer Surgery Complications

    Following two weeks of hospital care for complications from prostate cancer surgery, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Pentagon announced Monday.

    "Secretary Austin progressed well throughout his stay and his streng...

    Despite Complications After Prostate Cancer Surgery, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Should Fully Recover

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin remains hospitalized while recovering from complications related to a December surgery to treat prostate cancer, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

    His doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,

    Black Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer Lack Access to Best Treatments

    Black men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer are significantly less likely to be prescribed hormone therapy that could extend their lives, compared to other racial and ethnic groups, a new study shows.

    Studies have shown that hormone therapy can effectively control the growth of prostate tumors by inhibiting the action of male hormones like testosterone or reducing their levels in th...

    At Same PSA Levels, Black Men Still More Likely to Get Prostate Cancer Than Whites

    Even with the same prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, Black men are more likely to have prostate cancer than white men, new research shows.

    The findings point to the need for earlier and more frequent screening, the researchers noted.

    It's already known that Black men in the United States are more likely to develop prostate cancer than their white peers. After diagnosis, they'r...

    When Health Care Access Is Equal, Race Gap in Prostate Cancer Survival Vanishes

    Men of all races and ethnic groups who have prostate cancer fare equally well when access to care is identical, a new study finds.

    The disparity in outcomes from prostate cancer between Black, Hispanic and white men disappears when treatment and care are the same, as it is in U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VA) hospitals. In fact, Black and Hispanic men, on average fared better than...

    An Expert Answers Your Questions About Prostate Cancer

    It's important for men to be familiar with the warning signs of prostate cancer and get screened because it's the second-leading cause of cancer death in men, an expert says.

    While there will be more than 288,000 diagnoses and nearly 35,000 deaths this year, there are also 3.5 million American men who have the disease and are still alive.

    Black men have the highest death rate for ...

    Most Cancer Screens Won't Extend Lives, But Reasons to Keep Screening Remain

    While new research suggests cancer screenings are not extending lives for the most part, the study's authors stressed that there are still good reasons why people should continue with screenings.

    Their review of clinical trials looked at six kinds of common cancer tests -- mammography, colonoscopy, fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) or endoscopy, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests and c...

    Imaging Technology May Make Radiation Safer for Prostate Cancer Patients

    A technique that uses imaging technology as a guide can make radiation therapy safer for patients undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, a new research review finds.

    The technology enables clinicians to accurately aim the radiation beams at the prostate, while avoiding bladder, urethra and rectal tissue. This, in turn, reduces short-term side effects for patients, according to research...

    Black Patients More Likely to Trust Medical Videos When Black Doctor, Patient Is in It

    The need to increase racial diversity among U.S. health care providers is important for many reasons. Among them, Black patients are more likely to believe Black physicians or patients than sources who are white, new research finds.

    The race of the presenter in videos about prostate cancer did not appear to make a difference to white patients, the study noted. But Black Americans were 1.6...

    New Type of Treatment Tackles Tough-to-Treat Prostate Cancer

    A preclinical study offers a potential new therapy for treatment-resistant prostate cancer, offering new hope for men with the disease.

    The study used the chemotherapy drug cisplatin, administered orally, to disrupt the metabolism of prostate cancer cells and bring the medication directly into treatment-resistant cells.

    University of Miami researchers validated their targets in huma...

    Staying Fit Lowers a Man's Cancer Risk, Study Confirms

    A man's cardio fitness might influence whether he'll develop -- or survive -- three of the most common cancers in males, a new Swedish study reports.

    Higher levels of cardio fitness are associated with a significantly lower risk of developing colon and lung cancers, researchers report.

    Cardio fitness also plays a role in a man's likelihood of surviving prostate, colon and lung cance...

    Prostate Cancer: The Basics Every Man Needs to Know

    No man wants to hear that he has prostate cancer, but if he is diagnosed he will need to learn about the disease and how it is treated.

    Prostate cancer affects one in seven men. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS)...

    Scientists Get Closer to a Better PSA Test

    The most common screening test for prostate cancer so often returns a false positive result that it's no longer recommended for men older than 70, and it's offered as a personal choice for younger men.

    But researchers think they've found a way to make the blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) accurate enough to significantly reduce overdiagnosis and better predict dangerous cance...

    Need a Prostate Exam? Here's What to Expect

    You're due for a prostate exam, but you don't know what to expect.

    So, what is this exam like?

    Regular check-ups are essential for maintaining your health, and a prostate exam is crucial to preventive care for men. Not only is it a screening test for early signs of prostate cancer, but it also helps detect other potential health issues.

    Here, experts walk you ...

    Differences in Treatment, Not Genes, Keep Black Mens' Prostate Cancer Death Rates High

    Black men die from prostate cancer more frequently than other men. They also shoulder the greatest burden of advanced prostate disease around the world.

    Now, new research shows genetics are not to blame.

    Rather, the culprit is treatment disparities, researchers report.

    "I believe this is the largest and most representative genomic study of advanced prostate cancer in men of A...

    Extra Pounds in Youth Could Raise a Man's Odds for Fatal Prostate Cancer Decades Later

    When young men pack on excess weight during their teens and 20s, they may inadvertently drive up their risk for prostate cancer later on.

    The concern stems from new research that examined several decades' worth of weight fluctuations and prostate cancer rates among nearly 260,000 men in Sweden.

    The men ranged in age from 17 to 60. Researchers initially observed that overall, partici...

    An Overlooked Issue: Prostate Cancer in Transgender Women

    Transgender women have a risk of prostate cancer, even after gender-affirming surgeries, yet aren't "on the radar"for screening by clinicians, new research finds.

    "The entire medical literature on prostate cancer in transgender women, prior to this study, consisted of 10 case reports, leading some to believe it was rare. But this paper shows it isn't as rare as those case reports suggest,...

    Most Men With Low-Risk Prostate Cancers Now Forgo Immediate Surgery

    Over the last decade, more and more Americans with early-stage prostate cancer have put off radiation and surgery, the standard treatment options, new research indicates.

    Instead, many U.S. men with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer have embraced "active surveillance,"in which their disease is carefully monitored for any sign of progression that might eventually require inter...

    Medication Shortage Means Many With Advanced Prostate Cancer Are Missing Treatments

    An ongoing shortage of a drug for men with advanced prostate cancer is causing some patients to miss months of potentially life-extending treatment.

    The drug's maker, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., has said it can't keep up with demand for the medication, known as Pluvicto.

    Doctors have had to reschedule some patients who were due to start their first doses of the treatment. Mean...

    Long-Term Study Supports 'Watch and Wait' for Most Prostate Cancers

    A man with prostate cancer who takes the "watch-and-wait"approach has the same long-term survival odds as those who undergo radiation therapy or surgery, according to a new large-scale study.

    Patients had the same 97% survival rate after a decade and a half whether doctors treated their tumor or simply put it under observation, British researchers found.

    "Survival from prostate canc...

    Switch to Plant-Based Diet Could Boost Prostate Cancer Survival

    Following a healthy plant-based diet after a diagnosis of prostate cancer may help prevent the disease from progressing or recurring, a new study suggests.

    Men who ate a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains had a 52% lower risk of cancer progressing and a 53% lower risk of recurrence, compared with men who had the lowest amounts of plants in their diet, the researchers found....

    U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Overall, But Prostate Cancers Make Rebound

    Cancer deaths continue to decline, dropping 33% since 1991 and saving an estimated 3.8 million lives, according to the American Cancer Society's annual statistics report.

    But individual trends within that overall success story highlight the struggle to find the best ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer for all Americans, the society said.

    On the positive side, the United States ...

    U.S. Men's Race, Residence Could Raise Odds for Fatal Prostate Cancer

    The color of his skin and where he lives may influence an American man's odds of dying from prostate cancer, a new study reveals.

    Black men and men living in the Western United States face the most dire prognosis, American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers report.

    "Why prostate cancer mortality is so high in the Western region, including California, despite lower incidence rates over...

    Did the Decline in PSA Testing Lead to More Cases of Advanced Prostate Cancer?

    A large new study of U.S. veterans suggests that when prostate cancer screening rates go down, the number of men diagnosed with advanced cancer then rises.

    Researchers found that across 128 U.S. veterans health centers, the rate of PSA screening for prostate cancer declined between 2008 and 201...

    U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline

    The latest statistics from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) show a continuing decline in the number of Americans who die from cancer, although there's been little change in the number of new cancer cases.

    "From 2015 to 2019, overall cancer death rates decreased by 2.1% per year in men and women combined," according to a statement issued by the NCI on Thursday.

    The biggest d...

    Coffee Might Give Some Men an Edge Battling Prostate Cancer

    For some men battling prostate cancer, drinking coffee may offer not just a quick pick-me-up but longer survival.

    Research is still in the early phases, but a new study finds an association between a genotype that metabolizes caff...

    Prostate Cancer Treatment May Raise Heart Risks

    Hormone therapy is a common treatment option for prostate cancer, but it may increase the risk of death from heart disease, especially in older men, a new study finds.

    Dr. William Dahut, a prostate cancer researcher and chief scientific officer for the American Cancer Society, said the study from Lithuania provides more evidence that starting hormonal therapy requires careful thought, par...

    Think You're at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy Living Can Slash Odds for Lethal Disease

    Genes can put some men at heightened risk of prostate cancer, but a new study suggests they can undo much of that potential harm with a healthy lifestyle.

    Researchers found that among men at increased genetic risk of prostate cancer, those who maintained a healthy lifestyle were much less likely to die of the disease over...

    Could Milk Raise a Man's Odds for Prostate Cancer?

    Men who drink lots of milk may be more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who don't, new research finds.

    When compared to men who consumed just 1 or 2 teaspoons of milk every day, men who drank about 1¾ cups of milk daily were about 27% more likely to develop prostate cancer, a new study showed.

    What's more, they had about a 60% increased risk for developing prostate cance...

    Prostate Cancer May Raise Risk for Blood Clots

    Doctors need to be aware that prostate cancer raises a man's risk of serious and potentially deadly blood clots by about 50%, researchers say.

    All cancer patients are at increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), a dangerous but treatable blood clot in the veins that is a leading cause of death in cancer patient...

    Obesity Raises a Man's Odds for Fatal Prostate Cancer

    Men with widening waistlines may be more likely to die from prostate cancer.

    Specifically, a man's risk of dying from prostate cancer increases 7% for every 4-inch increase in belly fat, new research suggests.

    "Our findings should encourage men to maintain a healthy weight," said ...