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Simple Prostate Cancer Test Could Diagnose Five Years Early And Prevent Thousands Of Invasive Operations

(The Telegraph [UK]) June 26, 2019 - A simple urine test could detect aggressive prostate cancer five years before treatment is needed and save thousands of men from invasive surgery. Researchers said the simple test could make a “huge difference” to men with suspected disease, giving many the all-clear, without having to undergo biopsies.

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Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP (Posted: June 26, 2019)

quotesIt would be best if enthusiastic titles like this one appeared after and not before a medical advance is made, verified, and implemented. This test may indeed represent a significant advance. But we have way too many promising headlines and way too few effective tests. quotes

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The Most Common Cancer For Men Is Still A Mystery To Science — But 9/11 First Responders Are Giving Researchers Fresh Clues

(Business Insider) June 20, 2019 - The results of a new study of men with prostate cancer suggest that being exposed to toxic dust may change the ways that a body responds to cancer, even years later, in some devastating ways. Prostate cancer touches almost every American in some way. It is the most common form of cancer that men get, according to the National Cancer Institute, and it affects more than one in every five men in the US at some point in their life. Though survival rates are improving, prostate cancer is still the second leading cancer killer for men, after lung cancer.

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Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP (Posted: June 20, 2019)

quotesThe is a small study, so additional experiments are needed, but it is a very interesting finding because in general we think about environmental carcinogens as inducing damage to the DNA and causing cancer directly rather than through effects on the immune system. If confirmed, these findings may have broader implications about how our environment can contribute to cancer development. quotes

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Body Fat Distribution Linked to Higher Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

(Wiley) June 10, 2019 - In the first prospective study of directly measured body fat distribution and prostate cancer risk, investigators found that higher levels of abdominal and thigh fat are associated with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

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Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP (Posted: June 10, 2019)

quotesBody fat distribution is increasingly recognized as a distinct factor in health. Studies are needed to establish approaches to moderate the risks that we are now discovering. quotes

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Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP

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