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Positive Lifestyle Changes Can Keep Cancer From Progressing

Diet & Exercise Reduces Risk of Aggressive Prostate Tumors

Prostate cancer patients who adhered to eight lifestyle recommendations of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) significantly reduced their risk of developing aggressive forms of the disease in a study published by researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). Study subject who adhered to three or less WCRF recommendations had a predicted 38 percent increased risk of aggressive tumors compared to those men who adhered to four or more lifestyle recommendations. WCRF recommendations included information on desirable body mass index (BMI), exercise, low-caloric density foods, fruits and non-starchy vegetables, and consumption of red and processed meats. The study was published online in the Nutrition and Cancer Journal.  The study was led by Lenore Arab, Ph.D.,  JCCC member and professor in the departments of Medicine and biological chemistry.

The Mental Toll Of Incontinence

Middle-aged women with incontinence more likely to suffer depression

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia found that middle-aged women with incontinence are more likely to be depressed than their older peers. Older women, according to the study, appeared to be accepting of incontinence. The study defined middle-aged women between 43 and 65 years, and older women at 65 to 89 years. Middle-aged women scored lower in quality of life measures. Incontinence affected their sexual relationships, sports and leisure activities.


Breakthrough Test Will Improve Care Of Kidney Transplant Patients

Urine Test Can Predict Kidney Transplant Rejection

By measuring three genetic molecules in urine, researchers were able to accurately diagnose acute rejection of kidney transplants weeks before symptoms and damage to the transplant occurred. The “three-gene signature” test is more specific than the current blood test to help identify rejection. It is hoped that the new test may help physicians more precisely adjust the amount of immunosuppressant drugs patients with organ transplants need to take for the rest of their lives. If the amount is too low, rejection risk is greater. If the amount is too high, the risk for infection is high.

The study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study’s lead author was Dr. Manikkam Suthanthiran, the Stanton Griffis Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and chief of transplantation medicine, nephrology and hypertension at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.


Male Infertility & Cancer

Low Sperm Rate Associated With Cancer RiskSoCo 

Men who are diagnosed as having no measurable level of sperm before the age of 30 have a higher risk of developing cancer than the general population, according to a study led by Stanford University School of Medicine. A diagnosis of azoospermia before 30 carries an eight-fold cancer risk, the study says. Researchers surmise that infertility could be a barometer for future health. Azoospermia is caused by either a blockage that obstructs sperm from reaching the ejaculate or because the testes don’t produce enough sperm. Most cases of azoospermia occur from the latter cause.


Man Up: It’s Time For Your Annual Exam

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Man up, get over it (i.e. the gloved finger exam) and see your physician for your annual check-up, including your prostate. Then talk to your doctor about a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. Despite the controversy over the effectiveness of the PSA test, prostate cancer survival rates have improved since the test was introduced, says a study published in The Journal of Urology. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men and the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S.

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