Obesity Linked With Prostate Cancer Death

Overweight and obese men appear to have greater risks of dying from prostate cancer (PCa) than normal weight individuals following primary treatment with radical prostatectomy (RP), a new study finds. Although radiation and androgen-deprivation therapy were equally or more likely in these patients, salvage treatment did not confer a survival advantage.

“This does not imply obesity causes more aggressive PC[a]. Rather, obesity may be associated with other factors such as poor diet or lack of exercise, which we could not adjust for, which may explain this association,” Adriana Vidal, MD, of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and colleagues wrote …

Australian-first procedure gives hope for prostate cancer patients

AN Australian-first nerve grafting procedure is giving hope to the 7000 Australian men suffering the most common side effect of prostate cancer surgery each year.

The surgical removal of the prostate glands, a radical prostatectomy, is a curative procedure for most of the 10,000 Australian men who undergo this each year.

While life saving, the surgery can damage nerves and reduce sexual function in 70 per cent of men regardless of whether it’s performed as keyhole surgery, as an open procedure or by robots. Read more… 

New mammogram technique 30 per cent more accurate in predicting breast cancer

A new technique for interpreting mammograms has been found to be 30 per cent more accurate at predicting breast cancer, researchers say.

Key points:

The new interpreting technique focuses on bright spots that show up in mammograms
Researchers gathered data from 350 women with breast cancer and about 1,000 women without cancer
One researcher says the new technique could “change mammographic screening across the world”

Currently, one in 12 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.

The new technique, which focuses on bright spots that show up in a mammogram, could transform routine screening …

More women likely to have breast cancer screening after death of Rebecca Wilson

Cancer does not discriminate but community awareness of it does.

The luminous trail left by sports journalist Rebecca Wilson, who died from breast cancer on Friday, will include a new march of women to screening clinics, jolted by the reminder of their mortality.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian women, with 300 cases per 100,000 women, but survival rates are high when it is detected early.

The latest report card on breast screening from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showed the proportion of women aged 50 to 69 getting screened remained steady around 54 per cent between 2010 …

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