Risk levels and family history of prostate cancer: data from the Swiss cohort of the ERSPC

Data just published in BJU International have recently suggested that men with a known, positive family history of prostate cancer are certainly at increased risk of low-grade prostate cancer compared to men with no known family history — but not at increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Building familial risk into prostate cancer testing decisions

The PCPT prostate cancer risk calculator is a widely used tool designed to help men and their doctors assess whether they should have a prostate biopsy based on the patient’s age, PSA level, and supplementary data. The calculator asks about family history of prostate cancer in one simple question requiring only a Yes/No answer. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer risk and first-degree relatives

It would be easy to get the impression that there is nothing new on the prostate cancer front except what’s coming out from San Francisco, but here’s some interesting new information from Germany and Sweden. … READ MORE …

Prostate cancer news update: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

There are three fairly significant news reports today dealing with the following issues:

  • The relationship between a family history of prostate cancer and age at diagnosis
  • The impact of RALP on selection of surgery as a first-line treatment option
  • The management of ADT-related hot flashes … READ MORE …

The psychosocial aspects to prostate cancer screening

It is becoming clearer what psychosocial factors motivate or discourage men from taking advantage of PSA testing and physical examination (DREs) as screening tests for prostate cancer. Data from a large study of this issue have now been published. … READ MORE …