Did you know that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime? There are specific screening recommendations as well as contentional plus more integrative therapies to prevent and treat prostate cancer. Here's what you need to know.
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you will be given a "Gleason Score" which will determine whether you need further testing such as a CT scan or bone scan (to rule out spread of cancer to your lymph nodes or bone. If your Gleason score and PSA are in the low risk category, you may not need further treatment. If high, you may receive hormone therapy or surgery or radiation.
The use of and research on complementary and alternative therapies is very new. Dr. Aaron Katz is the Director for the Center of Holistic Urology and has been involved in research into integrative therapies including a preventive regimen which he outlines in his new book: "The Definitive Guide to Prostate Cancer: Everything you need to know about conventional and integrative therapies" (Rodale Press 9/2011). In my interview with him on "The Vital Life" radio (airing 9/9 on VoiceAmerica's Health and Wellness channel) he discussed some of this exciting research:
Prostate cancer incidence may be increasing. This is a cancer that can affect your boyfriend, husband or son. Spread the word because prostate cancer may be preventable or curable if caught early!