Monthly Archives: October 2011

Preventing Prostate Cancer with the Basics – Vitamin E Not the Answer

There’s no magic bullet when it comes to preventing prostate cancer. This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association shares news that taking large doses of Vitamin E supplements on a regular basis may actually cause prostate cancer, not prevent it as once believed. The findings come out of a study that began ten years ago and included 35,000 men aged 58-68. The data clearly indicated a 17% increase in prostate cancer among those taking 400 IU/day of vitamin E over a five-year period. In 2008, seven years into the study, they released data stating that vitamin E did not prove to prevent prostate cancer. Today’s news that it may actually cause it is staggering to many. In truth, it is difficult to say from just one study whether or not prostate cancer is caused by an increased consumption of vitamin E. The more important lesson is that vitamin supplements are not the quick answer to our medical woes. Preventing prostate cancer should really be about getting back to the basics. If you’re a relatively healthy man who exercises regularly, plays some sports, stays active around the house, is [...]

PSA Tests and the Illogical Equations

In light of the U.S. Health Department’s PSA screening recommendations, I would like to call your attention to their faulty reasoning.  Their decision to speak out against the test is, in my opinion, based on two illogical equations. PSA Test + Biopsy = Infection and PSA Test + Prostate Cancer Surgery = Incontinence and Impotence Neither of these is definitively true. While there are potentially negative side effects to all medical procedures, there are also very practical ways to mitigate those issues. The answer is in the hands of the prostate cancer specialist. Once diagnosed with prostate cancer, you should certainly seek the opinion of more than one specialist. But the term specialist is important. Choose someone affiliated with a hospital that has an outstanding track record for treating and eradicating prostate cancer in their patients. Biopsy infection can be prevented with pre- and post-antibiotics and an adherence to recovery recommendations. Regarding treatment, the majority of the panel’s criticism seems to fall on the surgical removal of the prostate gland. Robotic prostatectomy surgery is a very successful option with very positive outcomes, if you choose the right surgeon. Robotics is [...]

Prostate Cancer: Don’t Eat That

Each day we wake to new evidence of foods that cause prostate cancer. Men have long been cautioned to focus on healthy eating and exercise, making it even more confusing that regulars on the food pyramid are now under fire for contributing to the development of prostate cancer. Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, wants to help men qualify the role of specific foods in prostate cancer and fill in the blanks in the rest of prostate cancer story – annual PSA screening and early prostate cancer treatment. Prostate Cancer Prevention - meat, eggs and other “bad guys” Recent studies take aim at many foods that are already staples in a man’s diet. One shows consumption of red meat five times per week can more than double your risk of prostate cancer. Another says don’t eat more than two eggs per week or you’re 81% more likely to develop metastatic, or deadly, prostate cancer. Even milk is under scrutiny, as one report suggests African American men who have a calcium-rich diet may be at [...]