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News Briefs: Prostate Cancer Screening; Kidney Tumor Surgery

Prostate Cancer Screening Has Minimal Effect on Mortality
Prostate cancer screening using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test has no effect on overall mortality, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in BMJ in September. Furthermore, the screening is associated with biopsy-related and cancer treatment–related complications that include sepsis, urinary

Hearing Aids May Help Keep You Healthy as You Age

More than two-thirds of people age 70 and older have clinically meaningful hearing loss, and the effects can be much more significant than having to strain to hear the television or radio. Not being able to hear well can affect your ability to socialize with family and friends, and lead

5. Reducing the Risk of Common Conditions

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of

Is There a Normal PSA Level?

Is There a Normal PSA Level?

There is no universally accepted “normal” PSA level. In the past, a PSA of 4 nanograms per milliliter of blood (ng/ml) or less was considered normal; however, more recent studies have shown that some men with PSAs below 4 have prostate cancer and some men with PSAs over 4 do

4. Prostatitis

The term prostatitis describes inflammation of the prostate gland. Unlike other prostatic conditions, prostatitis affects younger and older men alike. It is common, affecting up to 1 in 12 men in their lifetime and keeping urologists busy (it’s responsible for 25 percent of all visits to urology clinics).
In the United

3. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

There is an expression in medicine that “common things are common,” and benign prostatic hyperplasia is most certainly common, affecting more than 50 percent of men in their 60s and up to 90 percent of men in their 80s. BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland due to

1. Introduction: What Is the Prostate?

Hidden deep within the male pelvis is a small gland the size of a walnut known as the prostate. The prostate is an essential part of the male reproductive and urinary systems. But there is a serious design fault.
Similar to a rubber ring, the prostate surrounds the thin, soft urethra,

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

The glandular cells of the prostate play an important role in reproduction, producing the fluids that help make up semen. These tiny cells also serve as the birthplace for nearly all prostate cancers. Genes in these cells slowly mutate, leading to the formation of abnormal cells. The cells proliferate and

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