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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Coffee May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

      May 17, 2011 -- Men who drink coffee regularly appear to lower their risk of prostate cancer, especially the lethal form, new research suggests. When the researchers looked at all forms of prostate cancer, ''the highest coffee drinkers had about a 20% lower risk of developing prostate cancer during

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