Tag: PSA

It Isn’t Time to Abandon the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Just Yet

It Isn’t Time to Abandon the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Just Yet

In the fall of 2016, actor Ben Stiller revealed that he had been treated successfully for prostate cancer in 2014. Stiller credited his physician and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test for saving his life.

His announcement comes at a time when rates of prostate cancer screening and diagnosis are on

Q&A: PsA; Sandwiches; Cancer Treatment

Q. What is psoriatic arthritis, and what makes it different from other types of arthritis?
A. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory arthritis; its symptoms mimic other forms of arthritis, so it is often difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, changes in nails, such

Don’t Rush to Surgery for Prostate Cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS)—and six cases in 10 occur in men age 65 and older.
For some men, prostate cancer can be an aggressive disease, but for most, the disease is slow growing—in fact, men with

Beyond the PSA Test: Options for Screening

Beyond the PSA Test: Options for Screening

Prostate screening traditionally has focused on two methods: the digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate specific antigen, or PSA testing. Researchers have always worked toward improving the accuracy and reliability of both modalities. Along the way, PSA test options have been surfacing.
New methods seek to clarify diagnoses in men whose

Maca Root May Help Raise Your Spirits—But Proceed with Caution

Maca Root May Help Raise Your Spirits—But Proceed with Caution

You may have heard of maca root, but what exactly is it? Native to the Andes Mountains in Peru, maca root—after harvesting—can be sundried and then processed as a supplement. Also called ‘‘Peruvian ginseng,” maca is an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to stress..

A popular health

Prostate Cancer Stages

Prostate Cancer Stages

Prostate cancer stages describe how far a cancer of the prostate has spread. Doctors define stages in determining treatment for prostate cancer and in predicting the chances of recovery.
Prostate cancer stages are determined by evaluating the prostate tissue and determining its Gleason score (a microscopic assessment of the cells’ architecture

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Don’t Let It Be a Burden

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Don’t Let It Be a Burden

Until now, your prostate has given you little cause for concern. But now that you’re older, it’s commanding attention. You have benign prostatic hyperplasia, and your prostate—normally as small as a walnut—is now the size of a baseball, and it’s wreaking havoc on your lifestyle. You wake up several times

Increasing Accuracy in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Nearly all of the one million prostate biopsies performed annually in the U.S. are triggered by elevations in pros-tate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland that may indicate the presence of cancer. Most prostate biopsies are negative for cancer. However, many men with negative

Inflammatory Joint Disorder and Atherosclerosis

People who suffer from inflammatory joint disorders (IJDs) are more likely to have increased atherosclerotic cardiovascular (CV) disease risk compared with the general population.
Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque, comprising fat, cholesterol, and calcium, builds up in the arteries over time, narrowing the arteries and limiting the flow of

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