Prostate Cancer

If current trends continue, cancer deaths may eventually surpass deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, affecting approximately one in every forty men. Unfortunately, nearly 250,000 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. Fortunately, when diagnosed early, prostate cancer has a cure rate of over 90%. Currently, early detection relies on rectal examination and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing.

There’s a new prostate cancer screening test on the horizon. Professor Robert Getzenberg, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, evaluated a new test that detects a recently discovered blood protein, ProstaMark® EPCA-2 (Early Prostate Cancer Antigen)*. Dr. Getzenberg found that found that EPCA-2 was more accurate detecting prostate cancer than the standard PSA test.

– elevated PSA level – 20% have prostate cancer
– normal PSA level – 15% have prostate cancer

– Positive EPCA-2 – 94% have prostate cancer
– Negative EPCA-2 – 3% have prostate cancer

Early diagnosis is good, but…

“If there was a race between treatment and prevention, treatment would always finish dead last.”
— Frank W. Eves MD

Did you know that prostate cancer prevalence varies widely across the world? Prostate cancer is least common in Asia and most common in the United States, leading many experts to conclude that diet plays a significant role. Consider downloading the ‘Nutrition and Prostate Cancer Guide’ from the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Web Site.

* Onconome, Inc.

Dyson vs Golden Retriever

We are the proud owners of a delightful golden retriever; she is very loving, always at the door to greet us when we arrive home. She is also an incredibly efficient hair-producing machine. Her hair is always everywhere, I’m certain her allergy inducing dander is too. We’ve been using an old TriStar Cyclonic vacuum and a much newer Miele Platinum canister vacuum; they’re both good vacuums. I recently succumbed to Dyson’s TV advertising blitz. I purchased the original Dyson DC07 Animal. Folks this thing is really impressive, it handles our dog’s long hair and has picked up pounds of fine dust/dirt, in our carpets, that the other vacuums obviously missed. If you have a long-haired pet be sure to check out the Dyson Animal.

Indoor Air Quality

For the last few months, I’ve been joking with my family, telling them that I’m rapidly becoming a ‘wheezer geezer.’ Frankly, my attempted humour/humor about my frequent cough and an obvious expiratory wheeze wasn’t doing a very good job of allaying my family’s concerns. My wife and grown children were aware that my grandfather, on my mother’s side, died from complications of asthma. My wife was also aware that I had significant exposure to asbestos when I was a boy. Common sense told me that our Golden Retriever and our old house probably had something to do with my breathing difficulties, but a doctor’s imagination can be a terrible thing. I was secretly concerned and I knew that a doctor’s visit might be on the horizon. Did you know that many doctors don’t like to go to the doctor?

I decided to attempt to improve our indoor air quality before conceding that I might need an inhaler.

I purchased two gadgets manufactured by SHARP Electronics Corporation; specifically the SHARP FP-N60CX and the FP-N25CX. Bluntly stated, I’m very impressed; it’s only been a few days, my cough is disappearing and my wheeze is gone. I’m delighted with these things. They look nice, they’re quiet and, of course, best of all, they have worked magic.

If you’re concerned about your indoor air quality visit the SHARP web site and watch their movie about Plasmacluster Ion technology.