First national prostate cancer audit soon

The Government will soon publish the first national clinical audit of care for men with prostate cancer in England and Wales, the Public Health Minister Jane Ellison has announced. 
Replying to a written question from MP Frank Field asking what the Government is doing to improve …

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Prostate cancer treatment increases cardiac deaths in heart disease

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) increases the risk of death from cardiac disease in men with heart failure or who have had a heart attack, US researchers have found (BJU Int 2014; doi: 10.1111/bju.12905). 
The study included 5077 men with a median age of 70 who were treated …

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Movember

Movember is a movement that began originally in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003. Since that time, it has spread to more than 20 other countries around the world. Each November, participants raise awareness and money for men’s health by growing a moustache. As the month goes on, and the …

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Many sexual partners linked with lower prostate cancer risk

An observational study from Canada has suggested that men who have 20 or more sexual partners may have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared with a control population (Cancer Epidemiol 2014; doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2014.09.00).
The study included 1590 men with confirmed prostate cancer diagnosed between …

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Media stereotype male suicide

Men who attempt suicide are characterised by print media as angry and rejected, whereas social factors and mental illness are more often identified as factors for women, say researchers in Austria (Sex Roles 2014;71:246–60).
Their analysis of 126 reports of female suicidal behaviour and 381 such …

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Smoking raises prostate cancer risk

Men who smoke increase their risk of prostate cancer by about a quarter, a US study shows (Eur Urol; doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2014.08.059).
The meta-analysis included 51 studies involving a total of 4 million participants, among whom there were 50 000 new cases of prostate cancer and nearly …

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Different approach promising for HIV vaccine

Swiss Pharma innovator Mymetics Corporation has reported progress with its candidate HIV-1 vaccine, and further pre-human studies are now being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The company says its vaccine is proving successful when others have failed because it targets gp41, a protein …

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Study validates gene test for prostate cancer risk

A new study, presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress in Madrid, has confirmed that the Oncotype DX test can reliably predict biochemical relapse after radical prostatectomy.
The study was carried out by the US Center for Prostate Disease Research to confirm earlier findings …

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New support programme for men with prostate cancer

The Movember Foundation (www.movember.com) has announced the roll-out of a new package of support for men with prostate cancer.
True NTH is a personalised programme to ‘help men and their families get access to life quality enhancing information, care and support including treatment information, lifestyle advice, …

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Polyunsaturates are best

Replacing dietary fats with polyunsaturated fats will reduce the risk of heart disease, say Finnish investigators (Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 2014; pii: ATVBAHA.114.304082).
Using data from 20 years of follow-up, they modelled the impact of substituting different fats in the diet of 1981 men free of …

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