Life-saving prostate cancer vaccine moves a step closer

Scientists at Nottingham Trent University believe they have found a vaccine which can effectively ‘switch-off’ cancerous tumors by spurring the immune system into overdrive.


Take care of your bum

This film is all about bums, backsides, rears…everyone’s got one and other people are checking yours out! But Bums can go bad…
1 in every 18 people will be affected by bowel cancer and it kills 50 people every single day. But with early diagnosis bowel cancer can be beaten.

Decembeard: Grow Your Beard in December For Prostate Cancer

Get more information here:

Prostate Cancer Self-Defense: Nine Deadly Myths

Original Article:


Myth: No Symptoms Means No Cancer

Prostate cancer can cause various urinary symptoms, including urgency and a diminished stream, as well as pain in the back. But symptoms typically don’t appear until the cancer has reached an advanced stage – at which point effective treatment may be difficult. Men shouldn’t assume that the absence of symptoms means no cancer.

Myth: If Dad Had It, Son Will Too

Having a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) with prostate cancer definitely increases a man’s risk of developing the disease. In fact, a man with three first-degree relatives who have been diagnosed with the disease faces a roughly 50-50 chance of having cancer himself, according to Dr. Lepor. But some men with a strong family history of prostate cancer remain cancer-free.

Myth: Only Old Men Get Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is more common in older men, but young men can get it too. In fact, men can develop the disease in their forties or even their thirties, says Dr. Lepor. That’s why it’s a good idea for men to be screened for the disease starting at age 50. Screening beginning at age 40 is recommended for men at high risk for the disease, including African-Americans and those with a family history of the disease.

Myth: Supplements Can Prevent Prostate Cancer

Not long ago, doctors were excited by studies suggesting that certain nutritional supplements – notably the mineral selenium and vitamin E – could cut the risk for prostate cancer. But more recent – and more rigorous – research failed to confirm those findings. Says Dr. Lepor, there’s no convincing evidence that nutritional supplements can cut a man’s prostate cancer risk.

Myth: Pomegranate Juice Knocks Out Prostate Cancer Cells

Pomegranate juice has been shown to kill prostate cancer cells – in a test tube. But there’s little reason to think that the juice has the the same effect inside a man’s body.

“If you are at high risk for the disease, you could try it,” Dr. Lepor says of pomegranate juice. “But try it without a false sense of expectation.”

In any case, he says, the juice should be considered a complement to conventional treatments – not a substitute.

Myth: Vasectomy Causes Prostate Cancer

At least one recent study seemed to indicate that prostate cancer is more common among men who have undergone vasectomy. But subsequent research disproved that finding, Dr. Lepor says.

Myth: Infrequent Sex Turns the Prostate Cancerous

“There is no evidence that your sexual frequency is related to your risk for prostate cancer,” says Dr. Lepor. Frequent sex, infrequent sex – it doesn’t make any difference to a man’s risk level.

Myth: Prostate Cancer Is Infectious

Can prostate cancer be caused by an infection? There’s no evidence of that, says Dr. Lepor. Nor is there any evidence that prostate cancer is caused by smoking, heavy drinking, a sedentary lifestyle, eating lots of fatty food, or any other lifestyle factor.

Myth: New Scans Make Biopsies Obsolete

Someday, MRI or ultrasound exams may make biopsies obsolete – or at least much less common. But not yet. As of now, says Dr. Lepor, biopsy remains the only reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer.

Tommy Chong using pot to treat prostate cancer

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Actor Tommy Chong speaks during the California Rural Legal Assistance Teguino Celebration Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2009 in Beverly HIlls, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tommy Chong  FREDERICK M. BROWN

(CBS News) Comedian-actor Tommy Chong has revealed he has prostate cancer.

Chong, part of the comedy duo “Cheech and Chong,” told CNN on Saturday that doctors diagnosed him about a month ago. Chong said his cancer is a “slow stage one” that he’s had for “a long time. ”

The marijuana-loving Chong announced the news in an interview about decriminalizing marijuana use and sales. “I’ve got prostate cancer, and I’m treating it with hemp oil, with cannabis,” Chong, 74, said. “So [legalizing marijuana]means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested.” Chong said he initially saw symptoms eight years ago, while he was behind bars for selling drug paraphernalia. During that period, he was drug-free for three years, he said.

“So I know it had nothing to do with cannabis,” he told CNN. “Cannabis is a cure.”

Chong said nowadays he doesn’t smoke marijuana — instead he ingests the hemp oil “at night, so I won’t be woozy all day. I’m taking it as a medicine.”

Chong and his acting partner, Cheech Marin, rose to fame in the early 1970s with a series of comedy albums, leading up to their 1978 film, “Up in Smoke.” Chong had a recurring role on “That ’70s Show,” and last year voiced a part in the animated feature, “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.”

Read more:

England World Cup 1966 winner Nobby Stiles diagnosed with prostate cancer

NOBBY Stiles, a World Cup winner with England in 1966 and a Manchester United legend, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The 71-year-old received the news on a routine trip to his GP with his John saying the family hopes he will make a full recovery.

Mr Stiles famously danced a jig with his false teeth in one hand after glory at Wembley in 1966 and claimed European Cup glory with United.

He received messages of well wishes throughout the world of football.

Speaking to The Sunday Mirror, former England star Mike Summerbee said: “This is very sad news but the fact that they have managed to diagnose it early is really encouraging.”


You are what you eat: Low-fat diet changes prostate cancer tissue

Men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet and took fish oil supplements had lower levels of pro-inflammatory substances in their blood and a lower cell cycle progression score — a measure used to predict cancer recurrence — than men who ate a typical Western diet, UCLA researchers found.

The findings are important because lowering the cell cycle progression (CCP) score may help prevent prostate cancers from becoming more aggressive, said lead study author William Aronson, a clinical professor of urology at UCLA and chief of urologic oncology at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“We found that CCP scores were significantly lower in the prostate cancer of men who consumed the low-fat fish oil diet, as compared to men who followed a higher-fat Western diet,” Aronson said. “We also found that men on the low-fat fish oil diet had reduced blood levels of pro-inflammatory substances that have been associated with cancer.”