4 Prostate Cancer Research Highlights of 2012

Based on the most recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prostate cancer is currently the second leading cause of death amongst Americans. However, new discoveries in the development, treatment and diagnosis of the condition are continuously evolve each year. Dr. Rob Golden is an experienced Spokane Valley urologist who makes it a point to stay updated with the recent trends concerning prostate health.

The following are the highlights of prostate health research last 2012.

1. Working on a graveyard shift is strongly linked to increased incidence of prostate cancer to up to 3 times than those who keep their day jobs. This stunning finding was based on a study done by the researchers of the University of Quebec and the Centre INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier. They found out that working the night shift predisposes men to 2.77 times more risk of developing prostate cancer. While the exact cause was still not clear, the researchers theorized that “exposure to light at night can lead to a reduced production of the sleep hormone melatonin, inducing physiological changes that may provoke the development of tumors”.

2. Circumcision may lower the risk of developing prostate cancer. The researchers of the study compared data between 1,700 men with prostate cancer and 1,640 men without the condition. It has been revealed that men who were circumcised before engaging in sex had 15 percent lower risk of prostate cancer. According to the study’s authors, the change in the DNA of the healthy prostate cells to malignant ones was theorized to be attributed to “infection and inflammation in the prostate”.

3. Consuming one and a half servings of pan-fried meat each week increases prostate cancer risk by a whopping 30 percent. The study was obtained from data collected amongst 2,000 men who were part of the California Collaborative Prostate Cancer Study. Researchers measured how much they ate, what kind of meat and how it was cooked. It has been shown that hamburger meat seemed to increase prostate cancer risk than red meat in steak form. The authors theorized that it has to do with heterocyclic amines, a type of carcinogen, which is released when meat is cooked at high temperatures.

4. Green tea is shown to inhibit growth of inflammation markers in prostate cancer. The research study found out that drinking 6 cups of green tea a day significantly lowered the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) concentrations amongst men who are scheduled to undergo prostatectomy (removal of the entire prostate gland).

Dr. Golden and his staff are huge advocates of prostate cancer prevention, particularly when it comes to paying attention to early signs and symptoms. If you’re living within or near the Spokane Valley area, visit us at our clinic for more information concerning prostate health. Call us at (509).921.0099 or fill out this contact form.

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