Most “top-rated” web sites advocate shared decision-making about screening

Despite the recommendations of the USPSTF and others, “Only 17 percent of top-ranked consumer health websites advise against screening for prostate cancer” according to a paper just presented by researchers at the the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), currently ongoing in San Francisco. … READ MORE …

Can Google help to better diagnose cancer?

There’s a lot of hype today about a new initiative of the Google X research group, which has announced that it is investigating the use of nanoparticles to identify early signs of all sorts of disorders from fatty plaques that can cause a heart attack or stroke to early signs of cancer. … READ MORE …

The PrKT03 trial of radiation + immunotherapy for localized prostate cancer

Back in September 2011, a company called Advantagene initiated a randomized, placebo-controlled, Phase III clinical trial (the PrKT01 trial) of an immunotherapeutic agent known as AdV-tk, together with with standard external beam radiation therapy, in highly-defined patients with newly diagnosed, localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Who have you been spending intimate time with?

A paper just published in Cancer Epidemiology makes some striking claims about prostate cancer and sexual behavior that are likely to need to be thoroughly validated. … READ MORE …

CTFPHC rejects widespread screening for risk of prostate cancer

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) has just issued a guidance document that is not going to make most prostate cancer survivors very happy (either in Canada or elsewhere). … READ MORE …

GDF-15, vitamin D, and risk for prostate cancer

A new study by Lambert et al. in the journal Prostate proposes that some forms of chronic prostatic inflammation, driven by low levels of a molecule known as growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), may lead to prostate cancer development. … READ MORE …

Introduction of a proposed National Prostate Cancer Council Act

So, according to a communication to its members from the American Urological Association (AUA), U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D, CA) and Jeff Sessions (R, AL) have just introduced S. 2813, the National Prostate Cancer Council Act. … READ MORE …

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