Where You Live Affects Your Prostate Cancer Risk

How Can You Know if You are at Risk for Prostate Cancer? You Can Quantify Your Prostate Cancer Risk Prostate cancer takes the life of an American man every 17 minutes. But, only 1 in 6 men will have prostate cancer and only 1 in 15 men will die of the disease. The question you need to ask is “will it be you?” I served two tours of duty in Vietnam and I never knew if any particular day would be my day to die. The risk was there every day but there wasn’t any way to quantify that risk; to know where the enemy would be. The same holds true for our troops currently serving overseas. Prostate cancer has killed more men than have died in all of our wars combined, more than 1.4 million men. But with the help of government statistics you can begin to quantify your prostate cancer risk and do something about it. The map at right shows the incidence of prostate cancer in the US; light blue is low and red is high. Click on the image to visit a website that will allow you to look at prostate cancer incidence rates right down […] read more

Medicare Approves New Tool for Prostate Cancer Recurrence Assessment

Medicare Now Covers Oncotype DX Testing Oncotype DX is a genomic test that can help predict near- and long-term outcomes in prostate cancer. About half of all men diagnosed with prostate cancer could be treated with active surveillance for a period of time. The Oncotype DX test is a genomic test that can help in determining the aggressiveness of a prostate cancer case and it’s likelihood of recurrence after treatment. “More than 220,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the United States alone. The Medicare coverage decision extends reimbursement for Oncotype DX testing to prostate cancer patients defined as low- and very low-risk by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), who are eligible based on clinical and pathological factors such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and Gleason score.” The effective date for Medicare coverage will be after the 45-day notice period according to Palmetto GBA’s process. This should be sometime near the end of September 2015. Prostate Cancer’s Enigma Science is learning more about prostate cancer all of the time, but there still are many unknowns. With more than 20 different varieties of prostate cancer, the biggest challenge is determining which are the aggressive types that claim the lives of […] read more

How to Get a PSA Test for less than $40.00

nurse encouraging an annual PSA test Over 35? You need that annual PSA test! And here’s how to get it … by Robert Warren Hess There still is that nagging discussion about the value of the annual prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test in detecting prostate cancer. But the fact remains that the PSA test reduced the annual death toll from prostate cancer in the US from 50,000 to just under 30,000.* That’s 20,000 men’s lives saved every year. That’s an astounding 480,000 men still with their families because of a simple blood test that costs as little as $35.00! PSA blood tests are quick and easy. You can have it done as part of your annual physical or, if you can’t do that or don’t have medical insurance, you can order the test directly from Tabcorp.   Free testing Free is always good and there are some organizations that provide free testing. Our partner organization, the Prostate Conditions Education Council, has a screening site location service at the following link – https://www.prostateconditions.org/screening-site. Test directly with Labcorp If you don’t have a family doctor, you can test directly with Labcorp. Labcorp is the largest lab network in the US and your doctor very likely sends blood tests […] read more

What a 6-Year Old Can Teach Men About Prostate Cancer

Ale Gianna sends a Father's Day Message to her Dad Ale Gianna’s Message to Her Dad on Father’s Day 6-year old Ale Gianna is a remarkable young person. I met her and her father in Phoenix earlier this spring on a  Prostate Cancer Awareness Project mission to participate in a prostate cancer motorcycle ride hosted by Shelley Martin – Scottsdale Harley-Davidson – as part of Arizona Bike Week. Ale’s message is to all Dads everywhere. Thank you Ale, from all of us!   read more

A New Indicator for Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Early Warning Tool for Aggressive Prostate Cancer by Robert Warren Hess If you follow this blog and our website you know that our focus is on the early detection of prostate cancer while it is in the treatable stage. Once a prostate cancer is detected, the next critical step is determining whether or not it is the aggressive type that will metastasize. Key Gene for Prostate Cancer Metastasis Recent research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute indicates that the SSeCKSIAKAP12 gene is a key inhibitor of prostate cancer metastasis. The research report notes that about one-third of prostate cancers delete this gene and move to the metastatic stage. This still is early research, but the gene’s absence could be a good indicator that a particular prostate cancer will become aggressive. Prostate Cancer Recurrence Every prostate cancer survivor is concerned about cancer recurrence and most of us watch our annual PSA tests like a hawk. Testing for the presence of this gene may be another means of predicting prostate cancer recurrence. Read the Full Article You can find a report summary at the OncologyNurseAdvisor and the full article in the Journal of Cancer Research – Cancer Research (2014; doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-13-1157). Your Next […] read more

How The Internet Helps in the Cancer Battle

How the Internet Has Changed How We Look at Cancer by Nikki Longo A cancer diagnosis can be scary, overwhelming, confusing and alarming. But there is power and hope in knowledge, and the Internet can be a great tool for seeking answers. With a wealth of information available 24/7, the Internet has changed how we view cancer in many ways. Support Groups Online support groups provide cancer patients with access to thousands of people who have endured and conquered the same disease. Shared emotional experiences can provide a sense of normalcy amidst the overwhelming physical and emotional responses to cancer diagnosis. The encouragement and shared knowledge found in support groups is invaluable. These groups allow patients to see that even in the worst of cases, there can be hope for recovery. Support groups can also help those who have a loved one diagnosed with cancer. They can share their feelings with others in similar situations, and they can learn how best to help their loved one deal with the emotions and side effects of the disease and its treatments. Knowledge Half the battle is being able to understand the implications of cancer and treatment options. Without access to proper knowledge, […] read more