Your acne’s not preventing your risk for prostate cancer

Even though we don’t remember ever coming across this suggestion before, a few studies have apparently suggested that having acne is associated with a decreased risk for a diagnosis of prostate cancer — and aggressive forms of prostate cancer in particular. … READ MORE …

Sleep disruption, melatonin levels, and risk for prostate cancer

There have been a number of studies in the past suggesting that men who work night-shifts have a higher risk for prostate cancer than those of us who work during normal “day time” hours. … READ MORE …

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to prostate cancer risk assessment

A newly published article in the journal Cancer is probably going to drive a number of readers of this blog to distraction — and for any number of good reasons, starting with the idea that all prostate cancer screening either should be or might be discontinued (as suggested by the USPSTF). … READ MORE …

If you’re already depressed, you may need help to make good decisions

In a rather less that surprising finding, a new paper in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that men with existing depressive disorders at the time of diagnosis with prostate cancer “are less likely to undergo definitive treatment and experience worse overall survival.” … READ MORE …

USPSTF on PSA screening … a current update …

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has just issued its “Guide to Clinical Preventive Services” for 2014. The publication (which is available on line) includes summary information about screening for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Why would prostate cancer be less likely in HIV-positive men?

A new article has explored further previously reported observations that prostate cancer appears to occur with lower incidence in men already diagnosed as positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) than in their HIV-negative, “normal” peers. … READ MORE …

Declining use of the DRE at a large VA medical center: is this a national trend?

Once upon a time (not so very long ago) the digital rectal examination or DRE was the only non-invasive test that a physician could use to assess whether a patient was at risk for localized prostate cancer and/or other prostate problems. Alas, the use of this test appears to be falling out of favor, which is probably not a good thing. … READ MORE …

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