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Could More Men Benefit from Genetic Testing for Prostate Cancer Risk?

Many men who might benefit from testing for inherited genetic mutations that increase prostate cancer risk aren’t getting screened, according to a 2019 study in JAMA Oncology

Study Links Abdominal Fat to Advanced Prostate Cancer

Multiple studies have linked obesity with an increased risk of advanced prostate cancer. A 2019 study in Cancer finds that the location of a man’s excess fat may also play a role.

Will You Benefit from a Prostate Cancer Biopsy? Tests to Help You Decide

A high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level doesn’t necessarily mean a man has prostate cancer, but it will usually lead to a referral for a prostate biopsy, which can be painful and cause serious side effects, in some cases. Lab tests are now available that may help identify men most likely to benefit from a biopsy, and…

Family History and Prostate Cancer

Studies of identical and fraternal twins have found that prostate cancer has a stronger hereditary component than many other cancers, including breast and colon cancer. But some evidence suggests that the lifestyle choices a man makes may modify the effects of the genetic cards that were dealt to him at birth.

Finding Relief from Chronic Prostatitis Symptoms

Several forms of prostatitis exist, but most men with the condition are believed to have the chronic nonbacterial form. The cause is not known and symptom relief is often elusive. Some experts believe there are six subtypes of chronic prostatitis. They propose that treatment or treatments be individualized based on the man’s particular subtype(s).

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About PSA Screening

Guidelines from a number of professional groups advise asymptomatic men to discuss the pros and cons of PSA screening with their doctors. Here are key questions to ask your doctor—and yourself. The answers can help you decide whether screening is right for you.

Can You Choose Active Surveillance? Tests to Help You Decide

New molecular tests can offer much-needed information for some men trying to decide whether to forgo immediate treatment and choose active surveillance instead.

Can Eating Tomatoes Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk?

Some studies suggest that tomatoes and tomato-based products (such as tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup) are linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. We asked Dr. June Chan, a scientist at the University of California, San Francisco who has been at the center of groundbreaking research on lifestyle and prostate cancer, to share her…

Brachytherapy Basics

Brachytherapy--a type of radiation treatment for prostate cancer--is an option for men with intermediate-, high-, and very-high-risk disease.

Two Lesser-Known Treatments for Prostate Cancer

Active surveillance, radical prostatectomy, and radiation therapy are well known strategies to manage and treat prostate cancer. This brief overview takes a look at two treatments that are not as familiar: cryotherapy and high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).