Yourwellness Magazine Supports Prostate Cancer Variety Performance

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In celebration of variety performer Terry Chappelle’s upcoming show in aid of prostate cancer support, Yourwellness Magazine explored a study which showed that prostate cancer reduces sexual function.

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Veteran variety performer Terry Chappelle is staging a show in aid of the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group, EDP24 announced on September 2nd. Mr Chappelle, who was diagnosed with the more virulent form of prostate cancer in 2010, will perform on Saturday the 7th of September. He commented, "When your doctor sits you down and tells you you’ve got cancer, it is shattering and you think you’ve got to start getting your life in order. But I think the main thing is to stay positive and although, with prostate cancer, a lot of men feel their masculinity is at risk, that doesn’t have to be the case." (http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/sheringham_music_hall_show_to_help_prostate_cancer_support_group_1_2360161)

In support, Yourwellness Magazine explored a recent study, which found that 15 years after surgery or radiation treatment, nearly all of the older men in the study had some problems having sex, and one-fifth were affected by bladder or bowel trouble. The study, “Long-Term Functional Outcomes after Treatment for Localized Prostate Cancer” was published on January 31st 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, led by Dr. David Penson of Vanderbilt University. (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1209978#t=article)

Yourwellness Magazine noted that the results of the study showed men who had surgery had more problems than those given radiation, but by the end of the study, there was no big difference. At 15 years, 94% of the radiation group and 87% of the surgery group were impotent, but accounting for risk factors such as age and tumour size means the difference between the groups was considered possibly due to chance. Yourwellness Magazine commented that this study was limited by the fact that these men were all aged between 70 and 89 at the end of the study, and even healthy members of that age group have sexual problems. Moreover, Yourwellness Magazine pointed out that the participants were not compared to others who did not receive treatment their cancers. (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/03/could-your-prostate-cancer-treatment-affect-your-sex-life/#sthash.GUCvLP8j.dpuf)

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