Prostate

Joe Torre-Led Campaign Informs Men about Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

In partnership with prostate cancer survivor and baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe Torre and Genomic Health, Men’s Health Network (www.menshealthnetwork.org) is pleased to participate in the Your Prostate Your Decision patient education campaign.

This nationwide effort aims to educate prostate cancer patients and their loved ones that every man is different and every cancer is unique, and that a genomic test can clarify the aggressiveness of one’s prostate cancer prior to invasive treatment. Your Prostate Your Decision is the first-of-its-kind collaboration to address the disturbing results of a recent, large national survey that found low general awareness

Consider these findings:
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Family Issues, Health, Lifestyle

Shining Light on Violence Against Women

Editorial note: Many, many rigorous scientific studies confirm that men and women can be–and are–victims as well as perpetrators of domestic violence. In this article, Dr. Nancy C. Lee talks about violence against women. In future posts, we’ll address violence against men.

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” —Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1914

Domestic violence has been in the news a lot lately. Intimate partner violence (also known as IPV or domestic violence) is not new, but it is widespread. New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows how staggering the problem is: over 38 million women in the United States experience violence at the hand of a husband, boyfriend, or other partner during their lifetime. But what many people don’t know is that the number declined significantly in the last 20 years, in part because of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA).

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Fatherhood, Growing Up, Health, Masculinity, Parenting, Testicular, testosterone

Fatherhood with Klinefelters

What’s the most common definable cause of azoospermia among infertile men? Here’s a hint: it’s also pretty common in

general, occurring in 1/500 male births. Answer: Klinefelter syndrome. Men who have it possess an extra X chromosome in every cell in their bodies. It’s inherited, and about equally so from mothers and fathers.

The fact is that most men don’t know about it until they try to have kids, and can’t, because the ejaculate has no sperm in it. Others are diagnosed at puberty, when masculinization is delayed due to low testosterone levels. A small minority is diagnosed in 

utero, during prenatal testing. In any case, Klinefelter men have relatively normal life spans and their most serious “illness” in life is often the infertility problem.

Sperm.Figure. from turek blog

Fertility Factoids

Here is what we know about the fertility of Klinefelter patients:

  • Despite having no sperm in the ejaculate, many (50-60%) men have testicular sperm that can be used to conceive biological children.
  • Sperm production in the testicle tends to occur in “islands” or “pockets.”
  • High technology pregnancies (IVF-ICSI) are necessary to have biological children.
  • The vast majority of offspring of Klinefelter fathers do not have Klinefelter syndrome; instead they inherit normal chromosome numbers.
  • It is thought that testicular sperm production decreases with time, in essence “petering out” as adult Klinefelter men age.

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Health, Others, Well-being

How to Clean Teeth without a Toothbrush

 

In recognition of October being National Dental Hygiene Month, the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics wanted to share some tips and advice for how to clean your teeth when you do not have a toothbrush.

There are times when you are out and about and you do not have a 938594toothbrush readily available but you feel as though you have to do something to clean your teeth. Even though nothing can clean teeth as well as a regiment using toothbrush, floss and mouthwash, there are a few ways that you can make your teeth feel cleaner when you are stuck in a bind.

Paper Towel

Take a clean, thick paper towel and wrap it around your index finger. Dampen the towel and add toothpaste if you have any. If not, you can just use a damp towel to clean off some plaque and food particles from your teeth. After you wrap your finger with the paper towel and place it to your gum line and use short strokes starting at the gum working towards the bottom of your teeth. Focus on each tooth individually and also use this technique on the inside of your teeth as well. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to help remove some bacteria that can cause bad breath.

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Health, Other Cancers, Prostate

MRI Fusion Guided Prostate Biopsy

Dr. David Samadi Prostate Cancer Center welcomes groundbreaking technology: MRI Fusion Guided Prostate Biopsy

At the Dr. David Samadi Prostate Cancer Center here in New York, we are continually on the forefront of clinical and technological innovation. In the month of November, we will welcome a state-of-the-art diagnostic system to detect and diagnose prostate cancer more accurately than ever before – the MRI fusion guided prostate biopsy. The MRI fusion guided prostate biopsy “fuses” MRI scans with real-time ultrasound images of the prostate. This cutting-edge biopsy system allows us here at the Dr. David Samadi Prostate Cancer Center to pinpoint specific tumors within the prostate gland. This information provides the patient with the most optimal treatment plan and best possible outcome in detecting and diagnosing prostate cancer.

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Family, Health, Other Cancers, Prostate

Partners in Prostate Cancer

A great time was had by all at the recent Prostate Cancer Tweet Chat hosted by the Urology Care Foundation. Having two of my football sports heros, Marcus Allen and Mike Haynes, involved in the chat really energized the conversation and certainly made it a personal highlight of this year’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Best Weapon Yet

Another highlight from this Chat was the realization that the most powerful weapons in our arsenal of awareness to help us conquer prostate cancer are actually quite close to us: our loved ones. Wives, partners, family and friends are potent forces for getting men the care that they need. Always have been and always will be.

Writer Judy Berman raised this point during the Chat and it stuck with me. So much so, that after the Chat, I contacted Judy and The Saturday Evening Post and asked whether we might post her insightful experience as a partner in the battle against prostate cancer:

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