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  1. Obesity May Raise Risk of Prostate Cancer Spread

    May 16, 2011 -- Obesity and prostate cancer may be a bad combination, new research suggests. The risk of the cancer spreading is more likely in both obese and overweight men, researchers found. "We found that overweight men were three times more likely to have their cancer spread," says Christopher

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  2. Prostate Cancer: Early Surgery or Watchful Waiting?

    May 4, 2011 -- Fifteen-year results from a Swedish study show that early prostate surgery cuts deaths in under-65 men with "low-risk" prostate tumors -- but for today's men, the definition of "low risk" has changed. The study of 695 men with early prostate cancer assigned half the men to immediate s

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  3. FDA Approves Prostate Cancer Drug

    April 28, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the Johnson & Johnson pill Zytiga for use in combination with the steroid prednisone to treat a certain type of late-stage prostate cancer in men who have already been treated with chemotherapy. The medication is to be used to treat patients with metastatic, ca

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  4. New Doubts on Value of Prostate Cancer Screening

    March 31, 2011 -- A study from Sweden raises new questions about the value of screening average-risk men for prostate cancer. In the study, screening did not significantly reduce prostate cancer deaths over two decades of follow-up, but it did result in the detection of more cases of the cancer and

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  5. New Insight on Weight Gain After Prostate Cancer Therapy

    March 14, 2011 -- Many men with prostate cancer will get treatments to block male hormones like testosterone in an effort to keep their cancer from spreading. There are several recognized side effects associated with those therapies, including hot flashes, loss of interest in sex, erectile dysfuncti

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  6. Study: Prostate Cancer Imaging Scans Often Unnecessary

    Feb. 18, 2011 (Orlando) -- Thousands of men with low-risk prostate cancer are having unnecessary and expensive imaging tests, while thousands of men with high-risk disease who should get the tests are not. When men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, they are classified as low-, intermediate-, or hi

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  7. Gene Test for Prostate Cancer in the Works

    Feb. 17, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Researchers are a step closer to developing a genetic test that could help men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer decide whether they are good candidates for active surveillance or whether they need treatment right away. "The biggest challenge with newly diagnosed

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  8. Can Pomegranate Pills Fight Prostate Cancer?

    Feb. 17, 2011 (Orlando, Fla.) -- Taking a pomegranate pill a day may help slow the progression of prostate cancer, preliminary research suggests. The study is the latest to demonstrate pomegranate's promising antitumor effects, says study head Michael Carducci, MD, professor of oncology and urology

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  9. Is Early Balding Linked to Prostate Cancer?

    Feb. 15, 2011 -- Men who start to go bald by age 20 may have an increased risk for developing prostate cancer later in life, a study suggests. Prostate cancer patients in the study were twice as likely to report that they began to lose their hair by this age as men who did not have the disease. The

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  10. New Debate on PSA Test for Prostate Cancer

    Feb. 15, 2010 -- Men with a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level of less than 1 nanogram per liter of blood can safely wait up to eight years between PSA screenings, researchers say. And men with PSA levels of less than 3 at the time of the first screening test do not need biopsies to check for pro

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