YouTube as a source of prostate cancer information

Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire have analyzed the prostate cancer videos on YouTube for information content and the presence of bias. They conclude that, “although some videos are robust sources of information, given the preponderance of modest and unbalanced information among reviewed videos, YouTube is an inadequate source of prostate cancer information for patients.” … READ MORE …

Why you shouldn’t believe everything you read

Two days ago someone left us a message about a new web site called HIFUcertified.com. We looked briefly at a couple of pages of the site and learned very little.

“That’s interesting,” we thought. “Who’s certifying these specialists? And what does ‘certified’ mean?” So we responded to the e-mail address provided (info@hifucertified.com) and asked for a little more information.

Note: The following content has been updated since the original post. … READ MORE …

Age, masturbation, intercourse, and prostate cancer risk

Dimitropoulou et al. have reported data from a case-control study in > 800 men in the United Kingdom. The study was designed to investigate whether there is a real association between the frequency of sexual activity (intercourse, masturbation, overall) and prostate cancer risk in men diagnosed at ≤ 60 years of age. … READ MORE …

What to look for in a medical oncologist

The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink would like to thank Dr. Andrew Armstrong, a specialist in prostate and other genitourinary cancers in Durham, North Carolina, for contributing to our series in which doctors talk about how they would go about finding the right physician to treat them if they had prostate cancer.

Please click here for Dr. Armstrong’s article on what to look for in a medical oncologist.

Information about prostate cancer for Central and South Americans

Prostate Cancer International, Inc. is pleased to announce the development of yet another regional web site providing core information about prostate cancer for every country in Central and South America: El Cáncer de Próstata Latinoamérica. … READ MORE …

TGIF prostate cancer news: Friday, October 3

The important news today appears to be clear confirmation that a high- (or low-) fiber diet won’t affect your risk for prostate cancer (at least, not over an 8-year timeframe). In other news today:

  • Prostate weight may impact risk for recurrence following surgery
  • Just over 25 percent of patients receiving hormone therapy will be diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within the following 7 or so years
  • The relative values of two ways to assess erectile function have been investigated … READ MORE …

Your weekend prostate cancer news: Saturday, September 27

The news update for this weekend is largely of a “theoretical” as opposed to a “practical” nature. We have therefore kept the discussion brief and referred readers to the source material for more information. … READ MORE …