Saw palmetto extract does not shrink prostate size (redux)

Saw palmetto extract (made from the berries of the saw palmetto plant, Serenoa repens) is widely used by many men to prevent or treat benign enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia). While it is not known to have any effect on prostate cancer, the use of saw palmetto has long been a topic of discussion in the prostate cancer community. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer, BPH, risk association, and a 3 million man study

A commonly raised question is whether men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are at greater risk for prostate cancer than men who have no sign of BPH. A new, nation-wide study of the male population of Denmark over the past 27 years offers us some insights. … READ MORE …

Diagnosis of BPH not a risk factor for prostate cancer

A re-analysis of data from patients enrolled in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT) has now provided “the strongest evidence to date” that a diagnosis of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is not associated with any increase in risk for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Does prostatic inflammation lead to later prostate cancer?

A question that comes up all the time is whether there is any direct (i.e., cause and effect) association between prostate “inflammation” and a subsequent diagnosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

All the prostate cancer news for Friday, August 8

Today’s news items all focus on issues that are closely connected to the recent and controversial  guidelines issued by the US Preventive Services Task Force:

  • The accuracy of current methods for predicting the likelihood of clinically insignificant (indolent) prostate cancer
  • The management of patients found to have incidental prostate cancer on treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and
  • The risks of overtreatment of men in their 70s and 80s after a diagnosis of prostate cancer … READ MORE …
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