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Daily News sponsors largest Free prostate cancer screening program in the country

June 17, 2012

New York Daily News sponsors largest Free prostate cancer screening program in the country, 165,000 men have been helped in the past decade

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pick up Sunday’s Daily News for list of locations and Prostate Test Application

The largest prostate cancer screening program in the country kicks off on Sunday, and it’s sponsored by the Daily News.

For the past decade, New York’s Hometown Newspaper has helped more than 165,000 men over 40 receive free tests by teaming up with hospitals and clinics.

It takes just a few minutes and a simple blood test to participate in the program, which analyzes the samples for elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels, an early indicator of the cancer.

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa is just one of thousands to benefit from the screening program.

The radio host attended the first set of PSA screenings sponsored by The News in 2000. He returned annually to keep tabs on his health.

In 2010, his levels rose dramatically and he underwent surgery to remove his prostate last Easter.

“My doctor told me if I didn’t have the PSA test, I would have been dead, but, because I had a regime of testing, we caught it,” Sliwa said.

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men, after skin cancer. But the necessity of PSA screening has been questioned recently by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, federal advisory panel. Click here to read the full article

 

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100 Black Men of America, Inc. Takes a Leadership Role in Educating and Mentoring African American Men about Prostate Cancer

June 16, 2012

ATLANTA, June 16, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The 100 Releases a Prostate Cancer Statement in Recognition of Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day to Educate and Empower Men at Highest Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer Click here to read the full article

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Uninsured women less likely to get cancer screening

June 16, 2012

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People without health insurance in rural areas are less likely to be up-to-date for routine health check-ups and cancer screening. Click here to read the full article

 

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Prostate cancer: A defense of PSA screening test

May 28, 2012

Florida Times-Union
The United States Preventive Service Task Force released recommendations advising against routine screening for prostate cancer via the prostate specific antigen (PSA).

This threatens to set back the advances we have made in prostate cancer care in the past few decades and is government rationing in its worst form. Click here to read the full article.

 

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Doctors disagree on when to stop PSA screening

May 28, 2012

(Reuters Health) – Doctors vary when it comes to deciding when an older man can stop routine PSA screening for prostate cancer, a new study finds.

In the U.S., many men now have their cancer diagnosed at an early stage through screening with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests.Although that sounds like a good thing, PSA screening is controversial. Click here to read the full article.

 

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New healthy living guidelines for cancer survivors

April 26, 2012

American Cancer Society Colleen Doyle, MS, RD

Over the last several years, evidence has accumulated for a number of cancers that achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the chance of recurrence and increase the likelihood of disease-free survival after a diagnosis of cancer.

Big news.

Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight

Extra weight is linked to increased risk of the cancer coming back and decreased survival rates among breast, prostate, and colorectal (colon) cancer survivors, and possibly others.  Being overweight is a risk factor for these 3 cancers (and others), and many people with cancer are over­weight at the time of diagnosis. For these survivors, setting lifelong goals to achieve and maintain a healthy weight are among the most important health-related goals that can be set. Healthy ways to control weight include:

Limiting high-calorie foods

Drinking fewer beverages high in fat and/or added sugar

Eating more low-calorie foods like vegetables and fruits

Adding more physical activity throughout the day

Be Active on a Regular Basis

Many studies have shown that being physically active has a tremendous impact on quality of life of cancer survivors. Now, studies have demonstrated that physical activity after cancer diagnosis is also associated with a lower  risk of the cancer coming back and improved overall survival among multiple cancer survivor groups, including breast, colon, prostate, and ovarian cancer.

Among breast cancer survivors, a recent analysis showed that getting exercise after diagnosis was associated with a 34% lower risk of breast cancer deaths, a 41% lower risk of dying from all causes, and a 24% lower risk of breast cancer recurrence. Among colon cancer survivors, studies suggest exercise cuts deaths from colon cancer and all causes, and cuts the risk of the cancer coming back by up to 50%.

Our recommendations, and those of the American College of Sports Medicine, encourage survivors to aim to exercise for at least 150 minutes per week, and to include strength training exercises at least 2 days per week.  For survivors who have not been previously active, gradually working up to these recommendations is the way to go.  Read more

Source: American Cancer Society

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