Over the past few months hospital support for community screening events has markedly deteriorated. The harsh truth of the overtreatment epidemic brought about through the indiscriminate application of mass screening can no longer be ignored, leaving the only reasoning for support of such events (outside of a research setting) being marketing for urology practices. BTW [...]
Over the past few years, I've been taking a hard look at mass screening programs. Educational surveys showed that almost 40% of participants believed screening to be preventive in that they would actually prevent prostate cancer - that they could stop it from happening, like a vaccine - by screening. Over 85% believed abnormal screening [...]
Earlier this year my mom was in a terrible care accident. She miraculously survived with multiple fractures. Were this to have happened to most women her age they would have been a pile of bone dust. In the hospital after the accident they set what bones they could and attached an external fixater on her [...]
“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.”
Those are the words of Warren Buffet, and from what has been published about his prostate cancer, he might be in a better seat if he was in one of those dry spells re ideas about treatment... and I keep pulling my hair out wondering what national advocacy groups are doing. Will they rise to [...]
Just reflecting on an incident last year. I was out for a jog in my neighborhood, I saw a young family out for a walk... always a wonderful thing to see. The young daughter got something in her eye and began to cry. Both parents immediately rushed to her, letting go of the baby stroller [...]
What happened yesterday in NC (passing of NC Amendment 1) is shameful beyond reason. If you claim to be an advocate for men's health and you do not advocate for veterans or if you support anti LGBT legislation you are NOT an advocate for men's health - period.
I've been thinking lately about the Mayan Prophecy (the world ending on 12/21/12). Apparently a lot of people believe that this end of days might actually be a global re-alignment in thought... whereas we have a whole world that is dominated by patriarchal masculine attitudes and behaviors, even in women, there might be a re-introduction [...]
Two well-known celebrities were diagnosed with cancer this week – and each case illustrates the confusion that is indicative of the experience of cancer diagnosis in our broken medical system. Ryan O’neal announced his diagnosis last Friday (4/13) stating that he has stage 4 prostate cancer, but has been given a "positive" prognosis because it [...]
In December of 2011 the National Institute of Health (NIH) released a draft State-of-the-Science Conference Statement. The focus of the study was on PSA-based screening which has identified many men with low-risk prostate cancer. Over the past decade active surveillance has emerged as a viable option for men with low-risk prostate cancer. This represents approximately [...]
I'd like to invite everyone to read an article by Gary Schwitzer which nicely summarizes some interesting ideas relating to the concept of Active Surveillance originally posted on healthnewsreviews.org. Any discussion is very welcome!