The Palpable Prostate

Prostate cancer topics, links and more. Now at 100+ posts!

News: Health Day, Medical News Today, ScienceDaily, Urol Times, Urotoday, Zero Cancer Papers: Pubmed (all), Pubmed (Free only), Amedeo
Journals: Eur Urol, J Urol, JCO, The Prostate Others Pubmed Central Journals (Free): Adv Urol, BMC Urol, J Endourol, Kor J Urol, Rev Urol, Ther Adv Urol, Urol Ann
Reviews: Cochrane Summaries, PC Infolink Newsletters: PCRI, US Too General Medical Reviews: f1000, Health News Review

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Blog Updates for December 2014

Jan 1, 2015. In WCRF/AICR Diet and Cancer Report we added: In November of 2014 an update to the original report was published with the following main conclusions. From their web site:
  • "There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of advanced prostate cancer (being overweight or obese is assessed by body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and waist-hip ratio)."
  • "There is strong evidence that developmental factors in the womb, childhood, and adolescence that influence growth are linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer (the taller a man is, the greater his risk of prostate cancer)."
  • "There is strong evidence that consuming beta-carotene (either through food or supplements) is unlikely to have a substantial effect on the risk of prostate cancer."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Updates for November 2014

November 3, 2014.  Added new Twitter category to the Links in the right margin.  New entries: Twitter: [D Martin] [Prostate Urology]

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blog Updates for October 2014

October 31, 2014. In Prostate Cancer Calculators we added: Life Span Rule of Thumb. A rule of thumb is that a person's life span given their current age is the average of their current age and the maximum lifespan of a human. 100 is used as the maximum life span in this calculation even though there are people who live beyond this. The following article shows that his heuristic gives a fairly good approxiation to the life tables for ages 65 yo 95. [decision sciences article]

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog updates for September 2014

Oct 1, 2014. Added Hosp Admin Costs - US and Hosp Admin Costs - Can under benchmarking in the right hand margin of this site.  Key figures are that they are 25.3% of hospital expendistures in the US and 5.92% in Canada.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Updates for August 2014

August 8, 2014 In Prostate Cancer Calculators we added: Risk prior to biopsy. UT Cancer Therapy & Research Center has a prostate cancer risk calculator where the user inputs race, age, PSA, family history of prostate cancer (yes/no/unknown), digital rectal exam (normal/abnormal/unknown), past biopsy (never/positive/negative/unknown) and get back the probability that a biopsy will show high grade cancer, the probability that a biopsy will show low grade cancer and the probability that a biopsy will be negative for cancer and also show it in a graphical form. (The three probabilities will sum to 100% as they are mutually exclusive.) The calculator is discussed in this medscape article.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Updates for July 2014

July 31. In PSA Screening and Early Detection Part 2: Regarding the discussion of bicycling above, an observational study of 5282 male cyclists over 50 years old found an association between cycling and prostate cancer. Those cycling more than 3.75 hours per week were 3 to 6 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than those who cycled for less than 3.75 with the risk increasing the more they cycled. No relationship was found between cycling and ED or fertility. [full text]

Monday, June 30, 2014

Updates for June 2014

June 16, 2014. We added this update link to the Commonwealth report under Benchmarking in the Links list to the right. (2014)