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Sunday House Call, #609, April 16, 2017: The prostate cancer screening gamble: USPSTF updates recommendations

Sunday House Call, #609, April 16, 2017: The prostate cancer screening gamble: USPSTF updates recommendations Topics today include: An excellent review of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) update on prostate cancer screening with a great graphic to outline the issues. Your calls about blood pressure medication, osteoporosis medication choices and is drinking Ensure when […]

Proof-of-concept blood test that screens for certain cancers shows promise

Health Headlines Commentary for March 8, 2017

Source: Could this new blood test detect and locate cancer early on? Reference: Identification of methylation haplotype blocks aids in deconvolution of heterogeneous tissue samples and tumor tissue-of-origin mapping from plasma DNA

Study to compare MRI vs PSA screening for prostate cancer. It will not be able to answer if it improves survival

Health Headlines Commentary for November 18, 2016

Source: Toronto oncologist plans study to test which prostate cancer screening is better  

New prostate screening guidelines possible effect on prostate surgery rates studied

Health Headlines Commentary for November 3, 2016

Source: Prostate Surgery Rates Fall After Screening Advice, Study Finds Reference: National Trends in Prostate Biopsy and Radical Prostatectomy Volumes Following the United States Preventative Services Task Force Guidelines Against Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening

No magical supplements or vacuous pseudoscientific practices needed for disease prevention. Basic lifestyle changes are all that is required

Health Headlines Commentary for September23 , 2016

Source: How to cut YOUR chances of getting cancer: Expert reveals 8 proven ways to help protect against the deadly disease    

10-year outcome similar for monitoring, surgery, or radiotherapy for localized early stage prostate cancer

Health Headlines Commentary for September 15, 2016

Source: Treat or monitor early prostate cancer? 10-year survival same Reference: 10-Year Outcomes after Monitoring, Surgery, or Radiotherapy for Localized Prostate Cancer   Commentary: Invasive early prostate cancer treatments not always needed

Exercise offsetting cancer risk from alcohol consumption is tenuous at best and a sham at worst

Health Headlines Commentary for September 9, 2016

Source: Exercise may offset health risks of drinking: study Reference: Does physical activity moderate the association between alcohol drinking and all-cause, cancer and cardiovascular diseases mortality? A pooled analysis of eight British population cohorts For proper analysis read this: Can exercise offset some of the harms of […]

Study showing alcohol increases risk of certain cancers does not show cause and effect

Health Headlines Commentary for July 29, 2016

Source: Study showing alcohol increases risk of certain cancers does not show cause and effect Alcohol ‘a direct cause of seven types of cancer’ Reference: Connor J. Alcohol consumption as a cause of cancer. Addiction. Published online July 21 2016

Evidence is weak that oily fish helps bowel cancer patient survival

Health Headlines Commentary for July 25, 2016

Source: Eating oily fish may boost bowel cancer survival: study Reference: Eating oily fish ‘may boost bowel cancer survival’ Marine ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and survival after colorectal cancer diagnosis. Gut, 2016; gutjnl-2016-311990 DOI: 10.1136/gutjnl-2016-311990

Certain compounds in beer may have anti-cancer effects but don’t go running to have that extra pint just yet

Health Headlines Commentary for July 15, 2016

Source: Could BEER help prevent cancer? Hops extract ‘activates a chemical in cells that prevents breast tumors’ Reference: Hop (Humulus lupulusL.) Extract and 6-Prenylnaringenin Induce P450 1A1 Catalyzed Estrogen 2-Hydroxylation. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 2016; DOI:10.1021/acs.chemrestox.6b00112

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