Radiation For Prostate Cancer Has Proven Once Again That It Leads To More Complications Than Surgery

For men with prostate cancer, deciding whether to opt for radiation or surgical removal of the gland can be overwhelming. How does one decide with the risks such as the unpleasant side-effect of erectile dysfunction and incontinence? With prostate cancer the 2nd most common malignancy, second only to skin cancer. Unfortunately over 240,000 men are diagnosed with the disease every year, translating into 1 in every 6 men being affected by prostate cancer.

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Is Your Job Causing Your Back Pain?

Back pain is almost as common as headache pain, and the most common work-related disability according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It’s expensive too, costing sufferers billions of dollars each year. The lower back, or lumbar region, is the most common area for back pain.

Few people are immune to back pain, but if you’re in poor physical condition, overweight, a smoker or getting older, you’re more likely to experience lower back pain. Certain types of physical activities cause back pain if done awkwardly or unsafely, such as pulling, pushing, lifting and twisting. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports that sitting at a desk all day can also cause back pain. The Mayo Clinic reports that factors that cause back pain at work include force, repetition, and posture. Depending on what you do to make a living, you could be at a greater risk for developing back pain. Here are some jobs commonly associated with back pain, and some tips on how to combat the pain.

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To PSA or Not to PSA: The Answer Is PSA Testing Plus…

New MRI Technology Is the Solution to the Vast Overtreatment of Prostate Cancer When PSA testing was initiated in 1990, it reduced the death rate from prostate cancer 40%, from 50,000 to 30,000 deaths per year. Yet government agencies and medical associations are now telling us to discontinue this test, despite the fact we have […]

Beyond the “All-or-Nothing” Paradigm for Prostate Cancer, Part I

When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2011, I was told unequivocally that I needed surgery or radiation. I spoke with four experienced prostate surgeons, and they all said that because of my high PSA level and multiple biopsy cores positive for cancer, radical treatment that either removed the entire prostate gland or [...]

Moving Beyond the “All-or-Nothing” Paradigm for Prostate Cancer, Part II

In Part I of this article, I talked about some of the outdated—and sometimes even dangerous—approaches to diagnosing and treating prostate cancer. In this concluding part, we’ll learn about some new-, safer-, and more-effective technologies doctors are using to diagnose and treat the number one cancer in men. Perhaps one of the most important of [...]

This week on Talking About Men’s Health

Lots of informative, educational, and all-around excellent articles on men’s health this week

I wrote articles on birth control for men, the increased stroke risk in men whose parents divorced, and how antioxidants can improve men’s fertility .

We’ve also got posts by a lot of great contributors on the importance of wearing sunglasses, deciding on whether HGH is right for you, the body’s role in addiction, making informed decisions about surgery vs radiation for prostate cancer, and what insisting that boys sit quietly at their desks is a terrible idea.

Check out all these and more at Talking About Men’s Health.

And if you’re interested in contributing to the blog, let me know!