While incidences of the disease have increased, death rates due to prostate cancer have fallen in Western countries. This has much to do with earlier detection and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 19, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on an important piece of health news saying that for men diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is often not the tumor that will lead to death. In fact, these men are more likely to suffer fates from preventable conditions, such as heart disease. This leads to important health advice for those who find themselves in this position.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/prostate-cancer-patients-may-face-greater-problems-than-the-cancer-itself), the study, out of Harvard University, is the largest study to date that looks at how men with prostate cancer die. The positive news to emerge is that making healthy lifestyle changes plays a big role in managing the disease and living longer.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Prostate Cancer Patients May Face Greater Problems Than the Cancer Itself,” states that one in six men develop this disease, making it the most common form of cancer in America. While incidences of the disease have increased, death rates due to prostate cancer have fallen in Western countries. This has much to do with earlier detection and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. This has led to more men diagnosed with lower-risk forms of the disease.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the new study looked at two huge registries of data totaling 700,000 men over 40 years or so in Sweden and the U.S. During this time, prostate cancer accounted for 52% of all reported deaths in Sweden, and 30% of reported deaths in the U.S. among men with prostate cancer. But only 35% of Swedish men and 16% of U.S men diagnosed with prostate cancer died from the actual disease.
In fact, risk of death from heart disease was the same as that of the cancer in their bodies. The study showed that healthy lifestyle changes, such as shedding pounds, exercising more, and quitting smoking, may in fact be more important—all things considering—than treatment for prostate cancer.
A diagnosis of cancer, in this day and age, does not necessarily mean a death sentence. What is a death sentence is an individual no longer looking after his or her health, and putting the heart in jeopardy.
(SOURCE: Epstein, M.M., “Temporal Trends in Cause of Death among Swedish and US Men With Prostate Cancer,” Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Advance Access online July 25, 2012.)
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