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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Predicting Sexual Ability After Prostate Cancer Treatment

    Sept. 20, 2011 -- The better a man's erections before prostate cancer treatment, the more likely he is to recover the ability to have erections later. Martin G. Sanda, MD, and colleagues followed 1,027 men for two years after prostate cancer treatment. The researchers focused on the men's ability to

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  6. 5 Genes Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer

    Aug. 16, 2011 -- Researchers in Seattle and Sweden have identified five inherited genetic markers that could help spot men with the most aggressive and deadly forms of prostate cancer. They say the discovery may lead to a simple blood test to help distinguish between men with prostate cancer who nee

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  7. Urine Test May Help Predict Prostate Cancer

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- A painless urine test could soon help doctors tell when a high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level means a dangerous cancer or when it’s a sign of a more benign condition that may not need further treatment, a new study shows. The test looks for a genetic mistake that’s present in

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  8. Combination Therapy May Treat Prostate Cancer

    July 13, 2011 -- For some men with early-stage prostate cancer, adding short-term hormone treatment to radiation therapy improves their chances of survival, according to a new study. At the 10-year follow-up mark, 57% of those who got radiation alone survived, while 62% of those in the combination g

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  9. Prostate Cancer Drug Zytiga May Extend Life

    May 25, 2011 -- The newly approved prostate cancer pill Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) may extend life by up to four months in men with spreading cancer who have already been treated with chemotherapy, a study shows. This survival gain "means quite a bit," says study researcher Howard I. Scher, MD, ch

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  10. Brisk Walking May Help Keep Prostate Cancer in Check

    May 24, 2011 -- Brisk walking may help men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer reduce their risk of progression of the disease, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Harvard School of Public Health followed 1,455 men who had been diagnose

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