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  1. Folic Acid May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk

    March 10, 2009 -- There is mounting evidence that folic acid, taken in high doses, does not protect against cancer and may even promote certain cancers. Nearly two years ago, a major study found that high doses of folic acid in supplement form failed to protect against colon cancer. Now, another ana

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  2. New Drug Helps Slow Prostate Cancer

    Feb. 27, 2009 (Orlando, Fla.) -- An experimental pill that blocks the production of male hormones that fuel prostate cancer may help slow the growth of hard-to-treat tumors. The novel agent, called abiraterone, shrank tumors by 30% or more in one-fourth of 31 patients whose prostate cancer continued

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  3. Statins Cut Deaths From Prostate Cancer

    Feb. 26, 2009 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been shown to cut the odds of dying from prostate cancer by about two-thirds. The findings come on the heels of other studies showing that statins reduce the risk of developing advanced, aggressive prostate cancer. Statins have

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  4. New Way to Predict Prostate Cancer Risk

    Feb. 25, 2009 -- For the first time, researchers say they have developed a tool that can help predict a man's future risk of developing prostate cancer. The personalized risk calculator combines prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test results with additional prostate cancer risk factors, including prev

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  5. Drug May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

    Feb. 24, 2009 -- Millions of healthy men may benefit from talking to their doctors about taking the drug Proscar to prevent prostate cancer, according to new guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Urological Association. The recommendation is based on evidence gat

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  6. Key Piece to Prostate Cancer Puzzle Found

    Feb. 11, 2009 -- An unexpected discovery has turned up a key piece to the prostate cancer puzzle. The finding comes from a powerful new science called metabolomics. Using these new techniques, scientists discovered that urine levels of an obscure amino acid derivative called sarcosine show whether a

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  7. Masturbation and Prostate Cancer Risk

    Jan. 27, 2009 -- Frequent masturbation in young men is linked to higher risk of early prostate cancer, but it lowers prostate cancer risk for men in their 50s, a study shows. High levels of male sex hormones, or androgens, may increase a man's risk of prostate cancer. But different studies of this q

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  8. Advancing Prostate Cancer: Combo Treatment Best

    Dec. 15, 2008 - Adding radiation to hormone therapy doubles survival of patients with advancing prostate cancer that hasn't yet spread through the body, a Swedish study confirms. Lingering questions have remained about the best way to treat men whose prostate cancer has breached the wall of the pros

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  9. Prostate Cancer Prevention Study Halted

    Oct. 28, 2008 -- The National Cancer Institute has halted its $114 million study of whether vitamin E and selenium can prevent prostate cancer. They can't -- at least not in the formulations and dosages used in the study, called SELECT (SELenium and vitamin E Cancer prevention Trial). The safety pan

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  10. Prostate Grown From Adult Stem Cell

    Oct. 22, 2008 -- Genentech researchers have found adult stem cells in the prostate capable of regenerating a new prostate gland -- or, perhaps, able to become prostate cancers. In mice, the researchers were able to make individual prostate stem cells grow into new prostates. The same kind of cells c

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