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    Six Things For Men To Do With And Without Their Doctor In The New Year


    Men are notoriously bad at taking care of themselves. They often need a nudge from their spouse, partner, or doctor to keep them healthy.

    Dudley Seth Danoff, MD, FACS, men’s urologist and expert for more than thirty years, says that men have a tendency to ignore health issues and hope they go away on their own.

    Of course, this doesn’t happen. And Dr. Danoff is known for his candid and good-natured style that makes it easier for men (and the partners in their lives) to talk about and handle a myriad of medical situations.

    An author and requested guest on national radio and television shows, Dr. Danoff is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University Medical School. He has taught on the clinical faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine for more than twenty-five years and is the founder and president of the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Tower Urology Medical Group in Los Angeles. Urologist to many Hollywood stars and the recipient of national and international honors, Dr. Danoff is also senior attending urologist at the Saban Community Clinic in Los Angeles.

    1. Reduce Stress and Learn to Relax
    Men in today’s business world work long hours without enough sleep, exercise, or relaxation. They are often psychologically drained and physically exhausted when they get home. If you are feeling anxious or worried, then having sex is the best antidote. Vigorous sex increases the volume of oxygen in your lungs, quickens your heart rate, and raises your effective circulating blood volume, all of which benefit your general health.

    2. Pay Attention to What You Eat
    A diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber is very effective in helping men maintain their sexual prowess. A great sex life depends on clean arteries—so don’t gum up the works by ingesting saturated fats and bad cholesterol. Wining and dining can be romantic, but too much dining will leave you sluggish, heavy, and tired. Reliable evidence supports a low-fat, high-fiber, and high-protein diet, in addition to regular exercise, as part of an overall regimen to keep your prostate healthy.

    3. Moderate Your Intake of Alcohol (and Other Intoxicants)
    The drugging of American men—including the use of alcohol, nicotine, and prescription medications—is a major factor in the decline of male sexual health. Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction can cause everything from temporary erectile dysfunction to long-term impotence. There is nothing dangerous about moderate, judicious drinking. But overdoing it with alcohol or illicit substances makes it more difficult for a man to become aroused. Overindulgence delays ejaculation, reduces the pleasure and intensity of orgasms, and greatly diminishes the firmness of erections.

    4. Get a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) Blood Test
    The PSA blood test is the male equivalent of the Pap smear and mammogram in women. This is a routine, painless way to potentially detect cancer in time to treat it effectively. A PSA test is recommended as part of a routine annual screening for men over forty-five. Published data has shown that screening using the PSA in conjunction with a standard, digital rectal examination doubles the detection rate of early prostate cancer.

    5. Consider Serum Testosterone Blood Screening
    Progressive testosterone deficiency in aging men can lead to osteoporosis, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, mood changes (the “grumpy old man syndrome”), and the dreaded middle-age paunch. Men who are experiencing some of these symptoms should ask their physician about serum testosterone blood screening, which allows a physician to determine if a patient needs testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). If a man’s serum testosterone is below 200 ng/dl (nanograms per deciliter), TRT is recommended.

    6. Ask Your Doctor about Cystoscopy
    More than half of all men over the age of fifty develop a frustrating and sometimes painful condition known as benign enlargement of the prostate, or benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). BPH causes discomfort, incomplete bladder emptying, frequent urination (particularly at night), and a weak urinary flow. Cystoscopy allows doctors to examine the entire length of the urethra, the prostate, and the bladder; check for tumors, polyps, stones, and other causes of irritation; and assess the degree of prostatic obstruction. This procedure is relatively painless and can be done in the office in about thirty seconds.


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    FOUR REASONS YOU SHOULD HAVE A PSA (PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING BLOOD TEST)


    A virtual firestorm has erupted with the publication of the US Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation that healthy men should no longer receive a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test to screen for prostate cancer because “the test does not save lives

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    overall and often leads to more tests and treatments that needlessly cause pain, impotence, and incontinence,” according to a recent NY Times article.

    It is well known that the PSA blood test is an imperfect test. However, it is the best one that we have available for early detection of prostate cancer at a stage that is curable, particularly in men ages 45 to 65. This test should not be rejected out of hand because we do not have anything to take its place.

    The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), the world’s leading philanthropic funder of prostate cancer research, was founded in 1993 and has raised more than $475 million. It provides funding to more than 1,500 researchers at nearly 200 institutions in 12 countries. PCF advocates for greater awareness of the need for prostate cancer research and greater patient participation in research. In response to the task force’s stance against PSA screening, PCF has made some specific recommendations, which include the following:

    1. PSA routine screening should be continued, after the patient is informed of its limitations, until the American Urologic Association clinical guidelines on PSA screening are issued and disseminated. PSA screening is not treatment.

    2. The decision to have a PSA test or not should be made between a man and his personal physician based on the man’s age, symptoms, family history, and concerns about prostate cancer.

    3. The process of informed patient decision making both prior to and after PSA screening in healthy men should be encouraged.

    4. Research should be intensified by the National Cancer Institute with a focus on better early detection tests for lethal prostate cancers.

    Hopefully, these recommendations will encourage new public-private research partnerships between the American Cancer Society, the American Urologic Association, the National Cancer Institute, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. These types of public-private partnerships have the potential to accelerate the discovery, testing, and validation of new biotechnologies for lethal-cancer detection that are superior to PSA screening. Until a new test is developed, however, prostate cancer screening is best served with the continued utilization of the PSA blood test.

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force report has clearly created a heightened awareness regarding the shortcomings of the PSA test. Certainly, the one positive result would be to encourage the development of a more precise prostate cancer screening blood test. Until that day, the baby should not be thrown out with the bath water. It should not be forgotten that in the pre-PSA era, approximately 80 percent of the patients who were diagnosed with prostate cancer were already in advanced stages of the disease with metastases.

    Today, the number of patients who are diagnosed with metastatic disease at the time of initial diagnosis is about 20 percent. Finally, in the past 15 years (the PSA era), the death rate has been reduced from approximately 40,000 men annually to 30,000 men annually in the United States. Screening is the best way to ensure that these trends continue.

    Dudley Seth Danoff, MD, FACS, is president and founder of the Cedars-Sinai Tower Urology Medical Group in Los Angeles, a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and the author of two books on men's health.

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    Movember


    Today is the official start of Movember, the month-long initiative where men grow mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health issues.

    Sign up to be part of Team Gillette this Movember. By joining #TeamGillette, guys will be part of an all-star team of Movember supporters, including Team Captain and ultimate Mo Sista Kate Upton, NFL stars Clay Matthews, Victor Cruz and Danny Amendola, New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston and many more. Guys can join Team Gillette at http://moteam.co/team-gillette. To up the ante and provide encouragement for anyone growing a Mo this year, Gillette will donate $100 to the Mo Space pages of the first 250 men and women who sign up on Team Gillette.

    As part of the team, men and women across the country can have the best Movember experience ever and keep Mo’s looking stylish with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler.

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    Anti-Aging and You: A Guide to Healthy Living


    As a man, one is not necessarily destined to have prostate problems - as some men in their 80s have no symptoms- whatsoever. However, the majority of men do go on to develop some kind of prostate disease.

    Health expert, Stephan Karian
    Most prostate problems fall in these three categories:

    1. Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. It is more common in younger men and is often, but not always, caused by a bacterial infection. It can be very uncomfortable, but it is not life-threatening.

    2. Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is a non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland. BPH can cause discomfort and may interfere with urination and sexual function.

    3. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men (lung cancer is #1). Unlike BPH, cancer is the result of abnormal and uncontrollable growth. Fortunately, most prostate cancers are not very aggressive, which is why only a fraction of patients die from this disease.

    Because of the location of the prostate gland, most symptoms are either urinary or sexual in nature. Below is a description of some of the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate:

    • Frequent urination
    • Having to wait before urination starts
    • Decreased force and strength of the urine stream
    • Having a sensation that the bladder is not empty even after you finished urinating
    • A feeling that you cannot hold the urine and must go NOW!
    • Pain or burning sensation while urinating
    • Dribbling after the end of urination
    • Blood in the urine
    • Tenderness/pain in the pelvic area
    • Pain or swelling of the testicles
    • Urinating at night
    • Inability to urinate
    • Painfull ejaculation
    • Reduced libido
    • Erectile dysfunction

    Uncontrollable Factors (RISK) include: Age, Ethnic Background, Family History. While controllable factors include: Environment, Diet, Nutritional Supplements, Diagnosing Prostate Problems, Digital Rectal Exam, Urine Test, Blood Test, Ultrasound, Prostate Biopsy.

    http://www.stephankarian.com/

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    Blue September


    - a critically acclaimed international campaign developed to increase awareness of prostate cancer, is asking for your help in promoting better health for men during the final week of the 2012 campaign. -

    Husband, father, son or friend – someone you know in your lifetime will get prostate cancer. In fact, African American men are at a significantly higher risk of developing prostate cancer than white men. Among black men, 19 percent — nearly one in five — will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and five percent of those will die from this disease. Prostate cancer is the fourth most common reason overall for death in African-American men.

    Blue September (www.blueseptember.org), a critically acclaimed international campaign developed to increase awareness of prostate cancer, is asking for your help in promoting better health for men during the final week of the 2012 campaign. The campaign encourages early detection and support of those being diagnosed and treated for the disease. Many men are afraid of the examination and testing which lead to late diagnosis and treatment.

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    Funny man, Donald Faison, from the comedy series Scrubs, put his popularity to good use by supporting the campaign. Faison said, “I will be affected in some way in my life by prostate cancer, whether it is me, a brother, or a friend – it is bound to happen. Everyone around the age of 40 should have a conversation with their doctor about their prostate and get it checked…"

    The good news is that many deaths from prostate cancer can be prevented by early detection. Here are some things men can do during the month to support Blue September:

    Eat right (including walnuts) and exercise.

    Know your family history and share it with family members.

    Do your research; be an active member on your healthcare team.

    If you are over 40 years-old, find a physician you trust and talk to them about developing a proactive prostate care plan.

    Talk to your peers and friends; make prostate cancer something to talk about.

    If you are given a diagnosis of prostate cancer, do not panic—detected early, it is highly treatable. Even in cases of advanced disease, there are more effective treatment options than ever before.

    Joining the California Blue September team as sponsors this year are California Walnuts, Varian Medical Systems, 91X Radio and Men’s Health magazine.For more information or to participate in a Blue September event, visit www.blueSeptember.org. Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USABlueSeptember and on twitter @BlueSeptemberUS.

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BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN'S HEALTH
   

  1. African American Men's Health Summit ...
    Official AAMHS website.
    http://blackmenshealthsummit.com/

  2. African-Americans With Prostate Cancer ...
    African-American men with prostate cancer were more likely to report a family history of prostate cancer and breast cancer among siblings than men who did not have prostate cancer.
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=58069

  3. Black American Men's Health ...
    Black American men suffer far worse health than any other racial group in America.
    http://menshealth.about.com/od/blackhealth/a/Af_amer_stats.htm

  4. Black Men's Health ...
    Health statistics show the differences of the health of blacks in America. Men's Health looks at the reasons of disadvantaged health outcomes.
    http://menshealth.about.com/od/blackhealth/Black_Mens_Health.htm

  5. Black Men's Health ...
    Black Men's Health webring was created for sites that strickly cover issues on health and nutrition.
    http://o.webring.com/hub?ring=blackmenshealth

  6. Father's World ...
    African American Men's Health.
    http://www.fathersworld.com/mh_week/factafam.html

  7. Getting Started : The Black Woman's Guide to Black Men's Health ...
    Black women have always been the backbone of their families and communities. Now studies are showing what we have always known-that our love, support, and guidance help to improve the health of our black men.
    http://www.enotalone.com/article/11799.html

  8. Global Wellness Project ...
    We produce educational and engaging films, television programming, and new media designed to promote preventive healthcare and wellness in the minority community.
    http://www.globalwellnessproject.org/h/

  9. Jeanne Elizabeth Blum ...
    Author of "Woman Heal Thyself" A book based on ancient Chinese acupressure techniques. Also information for men with prostate cancer.
    http://www.womanhealthyself.com/

  10. JourneyForControl.com ...
    What is type 2 diabetes? Find the answer and more at the Journey for Control Web site.
    http://www.journeyforcontrol.com/

  11. MedlinePlus ...
    MedlinePlus: African-American Health.
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/africanamericanhealth.htm

  12. Men's Health ...
    While African American men are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, they paradoxically have fewer cases of coronary obstruction than clinically similar white men.
    http://www.emaxhealth.com/3/5696.htm

  13. Menshealth Consulting | African American Men's Health ...
    Men's Health Consulting is an educational and training firm that promotes better health in men by offering a variety of services designed to understand and change the attitudes and behaviors that influence men's health.
    http://www.menshealth.org/code/afroamer.html

  14. Men's ‘Silent Health Crisis' ...
    Men's ‘Silent Health Crisis' Cries Out for Men's Health Act.
    http://www.glennsacks.com/mens_silent_health.htm

  15. NBMHN ...
    National Black Men's Health Network. A group of community-conscious individuals that have formed an organization to help educate the community and promote public awareness of the special health needs of the Black male individual.
    http://www.nbmhn.net/

  16. PSA Rising ...
    A study by University of Michigan Health System researchers found the gene macrophage scavenger receptor 1 plays a role in prostate cancer in African-Americans.
    http://psa-rising.com/med/african-am/umichigan_gene_72003.shtml

  17. The Silent Killer: Prostate Cancer "The DVD" ...
    You have questions, you need to watch the documentary. You need answers, you need to watch the documentary. You need information about making good health choices, you need to watch "The Silent Killer: Prostate Cancer"
    http://www.prostatecaretoday.com/

  18. WIN - Publication - Improving Your Health ...
    Change your physical activity and eating habits. When you make changes to improve your health, you may also move your friends and family to do the same.
    http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/improving.htm

  19. 6th Annual African-American Men's Health Forum ...
    ulie Wills, Executive Director of The Florida Prostate Cancer Network (FPCN) and Dr James Brookins, President Community Health Advocacy Partnership (CHAP).
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=18597















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