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The miracles of modern medicine can be life-saving. Yet as Tim Baker writes, cancer patients yearn for a little empathy from their doctors, as well as scripts.
The chemical BPA has been shown to leach from food packaging products into our bodies.
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Due to increasing concerns over the health hazards posed by BPA, the Food and Drug Administration plans to reevaluate the safety of the controversial chemical for use in everyday products.
New research shows five bacteria are associated with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
Vegetarians had a 14% lower risk of developing all types of cancer compared to people who regularly eat meat.
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Eating less meat was also linked with a lower risk of colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer.
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More 9/11 responders died from physical and mental health issues after the terrorist attacks than on the day itself. And survivors are still suffering 20 years later.
Former President Jimmy Carter pictured at an Atlanta Braves-Toronto Blue Jays game in Atlanta on Sept. 17, 2015, shortly after being treated for melanoma.
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Cancer mortality has dropped in the US, due largely to lower smoking rates, as well as early detection and better treatments. These advances often do not extend to people in developing nations.
Men are 17% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than they were 30 years ago.
New research estimates 24% of cancers in men that were detected in 2012 were overdiagnosed, meaning they never would have caused harm if left untreated.
Men with faults in their BRCA2 gene are at higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
If you’re a male who enjoys dairy, there’s no reason to stop having it.
A recent study reported a high consumption of dairy products was associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. But breaking down the results shows there’s no reason for men to give up dairy.
A proton beam therapy clinic in Poland.
Private proton centres are targeting patients who might not see the most benefit from expensive treatments.
Up to 20 per cent of women have pain during sexual intercourse and up to 40 per cent have issues with bladder control. Physiotherapy can help.
A step-by- step coordinated physiotherapy plan is key for patients with disorders related to the pelvic floor.
Early detection of disease can be a double-edged sword.
The threshold for diagnosing common conditions such as high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease and gestational diabetes have all lowered in recent years. But for whose benefit?
Providing tools to help African-American men with prostate cancer make decisions about care can make a big difference.
Prostate cancer outcomes have differed between black men and other ethnic groups for decades. Could improving the way doctors talk and share information with black patients make a difference?
Many people associate the word cancer with major illness or death.
Labelling very low-risk conditions as cancers can cause unnecessary anxiety and lead to overtreatment.
A blood test can reveal whether the level of a protein produced by prostate cells is elevated.
Prostate cancer is the second deadliest cancer among men, but not all types of the disease are as deadly as others. That has led to confusion over screening. An expert explains why new guidelines make sense.
Most doctors and nurses agree exercise is beneficial but don’t routinely prescribe exercise as part of their patients’ cancer treatment plan.
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Historically the advice to cancer patients was to rest and avoid activity. We now know this advice may be harmful to patients, and that every person with cancer would benefit from exercise medicine.
Prostate cancer cell, viewed with a scanning electron microscope.
Cancer doesn’t just grow uncontrollably. It has a smarter strategy than that.
Many men who have prostate cancer will die with it, rather than of it.
Since the 1980s, PSA tests have been used for the diagnosis and follow-up of prostate cancer. However, its use as a screening test for prostate cancer remains controversial.
Liquid biopsy is less invasive than standard biopsy, where a needle is put into a solid tumour to confirm a cancer diagnosis.
There are currently few effective and non-invasive methods to screen for early stages of cancer. But scientists have now developed a new blood test that promises to detect eight different cancers.
Even if they are not treated, only about three per cent of men will die of prostate cancer over their lifetime, most in their 70s or 80s.
A family physician and public health researcher explains why he isn’t getting a prostate cancer test in Movember or at any time in the near future.