Author Archives: Jeffrey Wilson

The Outdoor Athlete’s Nemesis – Skin Cancer

 

Marathon runners, cross country skiers, mountain and rock climbers, swimmers- these are some of the most physically fit people in the world, but all continually and sometimes unknowingly put themselves at risk of contracting a potentially deadly disease – skin cancer.

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Yo-Yo Weight Fluctuation Can Increase the Chance of Gall Stones

People whose weight fluctuates often are putting themselves at serious risk of developing gall stones. Athletes who cycle weight (intentionally gaining then losing weight) for competition are dramatically increasing their chances of developing stones.

The University of Kentucky Medical Center performed a research study of over 25000 men, the men reported any change in weight over a period of four years and were then grouped into one of four categories: those who maintained their original weight, those who were lightly cycled (a five to nine pound fluctuation), those who cycled moderately (a ten to nineteen pound fluctuation), and those who heavily cycled (more than twenty pound fluctuation).

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Radical Prostatectomy – Curing Your Cancer through Surgery

A radical prostatectomy is the surgical treatment option for patients suffering for prostate cancer. This form of treatment is usually used in younger patients where there is good potential for curing the disease. When the cancer is contained entirely within the prostate, or has yet to spread far into the surrounding tissues or lymph nodes an otherwise healthy patient’s best option may be the radical prostatectomy. This form of treatment has yielded more positive results than normal radiation treatments.

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Formaldehyde – Another Cancer Concern Related to Smoking

Two more alarming facts to consider if you are a smoker, as if you didn’t already have a myriad of reasons to kick the habit: firstly- there is formaldehyde present in cigarette smoke and secondly – formaldehyde causes cancer in humans. This is another way that this nasty habit can not only harm to you or kill you, but do harm to or kill your loved ones.

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No Matter the Treatment Used, Urinary Dysfunction Is Common with Prostate Cancer

Urinary dysfunction occurs in many men who undergo any of the forms of treatment available for prostate cancer. Some men only suffer mild irritation that may last a very short period of time, while others suffer with urinary incontinence that may last for years following certain procedures. Some forms of treatments side effects can be less severe and will usually resolve themselves with little treatment.

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A Vaccine for Prostate Cancer May Be on the Horizon

At this time there is no cure for prostate cancer and the treatments available have been known to have some extreme and unwanted side effects. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause serious bouts of nausea and vomiting, so much so that some patients won’t even consider them an option.

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Cryotherapy Is Back As a Viable Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Cryotherapy was once a popular method of treating prostate cancer patients in the seventies and eighties. Though it seemed to be an effective way to treat the cancer, the instruments and technology available at the time led to some negative side effects, and in turn some negative publicity which put this treatment on the proverbial back burner for over a decade.

Now with several advancements having been made in medical science and technology cryotherapy is once again surfacing as a potential in the minds of many doctors and prostate cancer sufferers alike.

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Prostate Cancer Staging – How You Determine Your Options

 

Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in the prostate gland. A healthy prostate is responsible for producing fluid that transports sperm during ejaculation. The prostate gland begins in front of the rectum, below the bladder and wraps around the urethra.

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Prostate Cancer, Could the Cure Be in Your Multivitamin?

Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer, and its mortality rate is second only to lung cancer in men. The surgeries are risky; often resulting in infertility and or impotence, the standard treatments can make the patient sick and at times are ineffective.

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