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    1. Common Diabetes Drug May Fight Cancer

      April 3, 2012 (Chicago) -- The diabetes drug metformin -- commonly a first choice for controlling blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes -- is sparking new interest as a cancer fighter. A new study presented here at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting shows that me

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    2. PSA Test Cuts Prostate Cancer Deaths -- at a Cost

      March 14, 2012 -- The odds of dying from prostate cancer are 21% lower 11 years after men are offered routine screening with the controversial PSA blood test, European researchers find. Those odds go down 29% if you only count men who actually got screened in the huge European Randomized Study of Sc

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    3. Study: Radioactive Seeds Beat Out Other Prostate Cancer Treatments

      Jan. 31, 2012 -- For most men with prostate cancer, having radioactive seeds implanted in the prostate is associated with fewer serious side effects than either surgery to remove the prostate or having a beam of high-energy radiation aimed directly at the cancer, researchers say. The analysis of the

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    4. New Type of Prostate Cancer Pill Extends Lives

      Jan. 31, 2012 -- An experimental pill that works differently than other prostate cancer drugs extended the lives of men with spreading cancer by an average of nearly five months. Men with late-stage prostate cancer given the new hormone treatment, MDV3100, lived an average of nearly a year-and-a-hal

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    5. Drug for Enlarged Prostate May Slow Cancer Growth

      Jan. 23, 2012 -- A drug widely prescribed to treat men with enlarged prostates may also slow the growth of early prostate cancers, according to a new study. Researchers say the drug Avodart (dutasteride) may reduce the need for aggressive treatments in men who have a very low risk of dying from thei

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    6. Common Prostate Cancer Treatment May Be Less Risky Than Thought

      Dec. 6, 2011 -- Just over a year ago the FDA warned that commonly used hormone-blocking treatments may increase the risk for fatal heart attacks in prostate cancer patients, but a new analysis finds these fears to be unfounded for most men. The review, which appears this week in the Journal of the A

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    7. Vitamin E Supplements May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk

      Oct. 11, 2011 -- Just a decade ago, hopes were high that men could lower their risk for prostate cancer by taking daily supplements of the antioxidant vitamin E. But now, follow-up findings from a study involving 35,000 men offer evidence that the opposite may be true. Compared to men who did not ta

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    8. Task Force to Men: Don't Get PSA Test

      Oct. 7, 2011 -- Men should just say "no" to prostate cancer screening with the common PSA blood test, according to draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. About a third of men over age 40, and about half of men age 65 to 79, get regular blood tests for prostate specific antige

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    9. Infections Linked to Biopsies for Prostate Cancer

      Oct. 5, 2011 -- New research raises concerns about a rise in potentially serious infections that require hospitalization in men who have prostate biopsies. Men in the study who had the biopsies were more than twice as likely as those who didn't to be hospitalized within the next 30 days for infectio

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    10. Shorter Course of Radiation May Treat Prostate Cancer

      Sept. 27, 2011 -- A shorter, cheaper, and more convenient five-week course of radiation appears to work just as well as the traditional seven-and-one-half week schedule for men with prostate cancer. In a study of 303 men, cancer recurred in about 15% of those given both the shorter and usual courses

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