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.”

READ MORE: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/352454/England-World-Cup-1966-winner-Nobby-Stiles-diagnosed-with-prostate-cancer


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.”
Read more at http://scienceblog.com/67906/you-are-what-you-eat-low-fat-diet-changes-prostate-cancer-tissue/#bIoQF5HYUQUtm8Ku.99

Movember messaging: getting to the bottom of prostate cancer testing

“The Movember campaign, which encourages men to grow moustaches each November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, has helped raise the profile of prostate cancer. Statistics such as “one in eight Australian men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime” provide men with an impetus to see their general practitioner (GP) and get tested for prostate cancer.

That’s good, right? Well, not quite. Not all men should be tested for prostate cancer. In fact, for some men, it can do more harm than good.

Testing for cancer

Testing for prostate cancer involves the use of two tests which can be done individually or in combination: the digital rectal examination (DRE) and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.

The DRE was commonly used as a front-line test for prostate cancer before the PSA test became available in the early 1990s. Use of the DRE in testing for prostate cancer is limited, since it is impossible to examine the entire prostate gland due to the anatomical location of the prostate gland itself.

Given the limitations of the DRE, the PSA test is commonly used as the front-line test for prostate cancer. PSA is a protein that is made in the prostate gland and can be measured via a blood test to assist in diagnosing prostate disease.

The PSA test is not cancer specific, as a raised PSA level may also be indicative of a benign growth of the prostate gland or an inflammation of the prostate gland.

How effective is the PSA?”

Read more… http://www.sciencealert.com.au/opinions/20130811-24996-2.html


Philippine update: Prostate Cancer

So I finally found something in the local media about prostate cancer.


Here are some of the points mentioned in the article:

  • PROSTATE cancer is one of the most common cancers in men around the world. Death from prostate cancer occurs every one and a half minute and a new case of prostate cancer is detected every two minutes.
  • Prostate cancer usually is slow growing and initially remains confined to the prostate gland, where no symptoms are produced.
  • The risk of developing prostate cancer increases as a man ages. The average age at diagnosis is between 65 and 70; the average age at death is between 77 and 80.
  • Prostate cancer seems to run in some families, which suggests that there may be an inherited or genetic factor.
  • In the Philippines, 4,254 cases were discovered, with 2,571 deaths in 2005. It is the 6th leading cause of cancer overall and the 4th leading cause of cancer in men. (Letran et al, Phil Journal of Urology 2005).
  • The numbers of newly-diagnosed prostate cancer in the Philippines is increasing. As with any cancer, early screening means early detection thus offering higher treatment success rates.
  • The Philippine Urological Association recommends prostate cancer screening in men aged 40 and above, especially for those who have a history of prostate cancer in the family.
  • Once prostate cancer is suspected, a prostate biopsy is the next step. This is usually performed by the urologist and biopsies nowadays are done under ultrasound guidance.

Prostate cancer test ‘could prevent needless treatment’

Prolaris test could distinguish between aggressive form of prostate cancer and slower-developing tumours which do not need urgent treatment….


Read more http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/men_shealth/10425373/Prostate-cancer-test-could-prevent-needless-treatment.html

Prostate cancer gets men thinking about manliness

YMCA“Men with prostate cancer tend to reflect on masculinity and what it means to be a man, specifically when their sex lives and bodies change due to treatment of the disease, concludes a recent study in Norway.

Researchers did in-depth interviews with 13 men aged 52 to 68 and nine spouses aged 52-68. The spouses were not married to any of the 13 men in the study to minimize the danger of revealing sensitive information. This allowed the spouses to speak freely without worry.

During the study, they found that men thought the health system focused too much on impotence as a possible side effect. As they were just diagnosed with prostate cancer and having to deal with a potentially life-threatening disease, they said they are not as interested in hearing advice about Viagra and sex with their partners.  The researchers recommended that  less focus should be paid to their ability to get an erection.

They also found that older men were able to accept that their sex lives had changed and that they felt it was better to extend their lives with treatment rather than have a functioning penis. Sexuality was more important for younger men, specifically those who were around 60 years old.

Men who were taking hormones to decrease the production of testosterone to extend their lives saw changes in their bodies that are similar to women going through menopause. Most of these men were able to figure out a way to adjust to these changes. Other men suffered from incontinence, but none admitted to having to wear diapers. However, the spouses who  were interviewed talked about their husbands having to wear diapers, and that they have to make light of the situation to make it less embarrassing.

The spouses who were interviewed also admitted that it was sad that their sex lives had ended sooner than they wanted, and that it can have a negative impact on the relationship. However, they would not tell this to their husbands in order to protect their masculinity. In some cases, women said the disease brought them closer together.

Researchers conclude that prostate cancer needs to be talked about openly without the stigma associated with it. ”


Sugary Drinks Linked To Increased Prostate Cancer Risk

Men who drink one normal-sized soft drink per day are at greater risk of getting more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, according to a Swedish study released Monday.

“Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 percent,” said Isabel Drake, a PhD student at Lund University.

The study, to be published in the upcoming edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed over 8,000 men aged 45 to 73 for an average of 15 years.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-soda-a-day-increases-prostate-cancer-risk-2012-11#ixzz2DTbJcIdp