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 …

A sudden squall about selenium

Apparently the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) “is threatening to sue” Bayer HealthCare “for ‘misleading men’ about the benefits of” two of its selenium-containing One-A-Day products, … READ MORE …

Announcing a second “Open Conversation”

Prostate Cancer International and ProstateVideos.com are collaborating with the Prostate Cancer Mission in the development of  an “Open Conversation” on prostate cancer, to be held at the Kovens Center, Florida International University, in North Miami, Florida on May 9, 2009. … READ MORE …

The vagina may not “be your friend,” but …

A while ago now, in “A note on NOTES,” Dr. Krongrad reported on his learnings from a symposium and workshop on single-port laparoscopic sugical techniques (as opposed to the common multi-port approches used by most urologists to carry out radical prostatectomy today). His article was widely read. … READ MORE …

A Note on NOTES

I write this from the Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. I write at the conclusion of the first day of the 1st International Summit on … um … er …

Some of it is clear. For example, we are talking about NOTES: Natural Orifice Translumenal Encoscopic Surgery. You know, the kind in which the surgeon removes your kidney through your vagina. You perhaps did not know that the vagina opened naturally to the kidney. Happily there are surgeons who do. … MORE …

Prostate Cancer in Cuba and Jamaica as Viewed from Turks and Caicos

kester-and-mauricio-sm.jpg The Miami medical delegation has arrived in the Turks and Caicos Islands to join a peer-to-peer conference organized by Abbe Bendel and Dr. Mauricio Lynn of the Jackson Memorial Hospital International Program. (In the photo, Dr Kester Nedd and Dr Mauricio Lynn are ready to go.) The meeting was hosted by Dr. Rufus Ewing of the Ministry of Health.

The main emphasis was acute care, ranging from stroke to major trauma. Still, me being me, I diverted discussion to prostate cancer.

Here are some observations: click here to read on

Prostate Cancer in the Caribbean

A discussion has unfolded on the Prostate Cancer InfoLink Caribbean Group forum. It has to do with the high mortality rates relative to incidence.

A question has been raised regarding stage at diagnosis, which, if late, can help to explain the ratio. Does anyone know where we can get good stage-at-diagnosis statistics for the Caribbean?

caribbean-figures.jpgClick the image on the right to see an enlarged version of the incidence and mortality table.