New guidelines for ED patients after cancer therapy

Prostate Cancer UK has teamed up with Macmillan to issue guidelines aimed at helping health professionals support men who have trouble getting or keeping an erection as a result of their prostate cancer treatment.
Currently this treatment side-effect impacts more than three-quarters (76 per cent) of …

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Liver disease profiles will support action

Public Health England has published profiles of the incidence of liver disease and its major risk factors to help local agencies tackle the growing problem. 
Liver disease is the only major cause of illness and death that is increasing in England but declining in the rest …

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Men more likely to get haemodialysis

Men account for 59% of people undergoing haemodialysis for end-stage renal disease – even though chronic kidney disease is more common in women than men (PLoS Med 2014; doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001750).
The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) includes 206 374 patients in 12 countries including …

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Abnormal lipid levels linked to prostate cancer recurrence

High levels of triglycerides or cholesterol have been linked with an increased risk of prostate cancer recurrence in a retrospective study from the USA (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2014; doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-0458). 
The review of 843 men who underwent radical prostatectomy and had never been treated with …

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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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