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Delusional Advocacy

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 [...]

Overtreatment epidemic – probably not unique to prostate cancer…

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 [...]

why don’t we care?

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 [...]

Ignorance trumps many dimensions of social justice

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.

Ryan O’Neal and Warren Buffet

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 [...]

By | April 18th, 2012|Activism, Tools for Activists|0 Comments

NIH Conference on Active Surveillance Summary

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  Any discussion is very welcome!

By | December 28th, 2011|Activism, Newly Diagnosed, Tools for Activists, Treatment News|1 Comment

PSA + big picture = Men’s Health Night

It's interesting to reflect on the recent USPTF PSA upheaval - and to consider how and why we are here from a position of compassion. Personally, I'm interested and involved because my dad died of aggressive prostate cancer. He was screening - back in 1996 when screening was gaining momentum as a tool to find [...]

By | November 19th, 2011|Activism, Newly Diagnosed, Tools for Activists|1 Comment

11/8 – big policy day…

Tomorrow is our last to comment on the USPTF draft recommendations for PSA. Now - more than ever, please consider who you vote for and what they stand for... look deeper than peacock posturing and flashy promises. What has this person done for the people they've been responsible to in the past? Are they bought [...]

By | November 7th, 2011|Activism, Tools for Activists, Uncategorized|0 Comments

USPTF guidelines – please help!

Please submit your comments to the USPTF. We need 30,000 by November