What’s a Plant Based Diet? And why does it Matter?

 

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On the Road to Recurrence?
I’m now mid-way through my ninth year as a prostate cancer survivor, which means that I’m approaching the 10 year point where prostate cancer tends to recur, it it’s going to.

Two weeks ago I was in Washington, DC for the final day of our 171-day Prostate Cancer Pony Express and two prostate cancer conferences, the Celebration of Science hosted by the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Zero prostate cancer summit.

I was struck by the dedication and hard work of the research community but there doesn’t appear to me to be any dramatic treatments on the near-term horizon. Given that 30,000 men die each year from prostate cancer, all prostate cancer survivors support continued research funding.

But, with my PSA having moved from undetectable 5 years ago to the .04 – .08 range, I’m concerned about what I personally can do prevent or delay its recurrence.

How About a Plant Based Diet?
I’ve written before about the China Study, a book by T. Colin Campbell, that very succinctly points out – along with detailed references to the relevant science, that a plant-based diet – no meat or dairy – can – read almost always – have dramatic positive impact on the body’s health.

The result is a dramatic increase in the body’s own immune system, and its ability to fight cancer cell.

Like most people, I tend to do pretty well for long periods of time and then I fall off the plant-based wagon.  Which is really bad!

“zenhabits” to the Rescue
I follow a blog called “zenhabits” written by Leo Babauta. His post today was all about a plant-based diet. You can read his post by clicking the following link: EAT PLANTS!

Thanks, Leo. I’m back on the wagon.

Maybe the Red Line can Help Me
Next time I’ll tell you a little secret I learned that helps me change my behavior. It’s called the “Red Line.”

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Prostate Cancer Pony Express Stories and PC Myths

The media continues to publish articles that reinforce the memes that prostate cancer is an old man’s disease and that annual PSA (prostate specific antigen) screening causes more harm than good.

I don’t believe this is true and the stories that were collected in the Prostate Cancer Pony Express Memorial Journal prove that prostate cancer strikes young men as well.

Read the entry below, written by this 59 year old man, and make your own mind if he would have preferred to have been diagnosed while he still had the full range of treatment options available to him:

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But, Early Detection is Now Possible
This man was unlucky because his prostate cancer was detected after it had moved beyond the prostate gland.

The PSA blood test (prostate specific antigen) remains a simple prostate cancer early detection tool.. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good. Check any unusual rise in your PSA value from one year to the next with your doctor or medical service provider. A rise in PSA is a red flag and needs to be explored with competent medical advice.

How to Create Your Personal Prostate Cancer Early Warning System
Go to http://ProstateTracker.org and create an account. The service is free and anonymous.

Enter your PSA number – and your Free PSA number if you have it – and ProstateTracker will plot your value and send you a reminder 11 months later when you next test is due.

Any rise in value of approximately .75 – for example, from 1.0 to 1.75, is a danger sign and you should consult with doctor immediately.

Guys Don’t Let Guys Die from Prostate Cancer
Help us make prostate cancer visible. Create your ProstateTracker account and then share it with your network.

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Guys Don’t Let Guys Get Prostate Cancer

Next Tuesday is the first Tuesday in November, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Project’s monthly Prostate Cancer Awareness Day.

Guys, this month you need to do three things:
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1 – Create your free, anonymous PSA tracking account at www.ProstateTracker.org
2 – Get at least one of your buds to do the same
3 – Become an official Prostate Cancer Pony Express rider

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Why men need to track their PSA tests personally

Prostate Cancer Survivors Speak Their Minds
The following excerpt comes from the Prostate Cancer Survivors Speak website – www.prostatecancersurvivorsspeak.com

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Chapter 4:
MALCOLM “MAC” OGILVIE
Don’t Let Your Health Insurance Kill You!

Mac Ogilvie was a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country for twenty six years before retiring from the service. For the past twelve years he has been a math teacher and athletic coach at the James Fenimore Cooper Middle School in McLean, Virginia. He and his wife, Trudy, live in Springfield, Virginia, about an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. At the time of this interview he was fifty-nine. Mac is a pleasant, engaging and slightly balding man with blue eyes. His children tease him, insisting he has but four hairs left on his head. Trudy is an ashy blond with what her husband describes as “great legs.”

Malcolm Ogilvie’s health maintenance organization failed to inform him that his PSA numbers were relatively high and were continuing to rise. In June of 2005, his HMO physician performed a DRE ( digital rectal exam) and felt a suspicious bulge on his prostate, then did a PSA which turned out to be 6.8. His Gleason score was 7. The doctor then checked back over his records and told him his PSA taken the previous three years were outside the safe range.

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“When I heard that, I figured I was about two years late! I liked my doctor, but at the same time I realized he screwed up. I’d known people who found out they had cancer early and who had surgery, and they said if you get it early, it is treatable. So I was hoping I could have surgery. But then the surgeon at my health organization said I don’t think I’d recommend surgery. I think it’s too late for you! That’s when I decided to visit a number of other urologists. One of them was another urologist in my same health organization. He told me he thought I need to be ready to look at chronic long term cancer!   (click here to Read More)
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Will You Have Prostate Cancer?
There’s no way to answer this question. Medical science knows how cancer begins and how it grows, but no one yet knows exactly what triggers that initial cell mutation. Thus far, 24 different types of prostate cancer have been identified and, although I’m not a doctor, it could be that each one of these 24 varieties has a different cause.

What Can You Do?
You may not be able to prevent prostate cancer, but you can detect it as early as possible by creating a free, anonymous prostate cancer early warning system at http://ProstateTracker.org.

Just create your account and enter your annual PSA test value. ProstateTracker will show you if you have a rising PSA value. If you have a rising PSA value, consult your doctor or medical services provider immediately.

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Be Part of the 2102 Prostate Cancer Pony Express on September 9, 2012

The final day of the first 171-day, 25,000 mile Prostate Cancer Pony Express relay ride for prostate cancer is Sunday, September 9 in Washington, DC.

Ever wished you had been at Woodstock or with the first group of Rolling Thunder riders? Now’s your once-in-a-lifetime chance.

September 9th event schedule @ http://bit.ly/ProstateCancerPonyExpressFinalDaySchedule

Register to ride @ http://bit.ly/2012ProstateCancerPonyExpressRegistration

English: Pony express rider Billy Fisher

English: Pony express rider Billy Fisher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Without PSA Screening, Advanced Prostate Cancer Cases Would Increase Dramatically

A recent study published in WebMD looks at the results of PSA screening and finds that the PSA test has significant reduced the number of men who are diagnosed each year with advanced prostate cancer, the kind that generally kills men within two years of diagnosis.
Read the full article below
July 30, 2012 — If it weren’t for routine PSA prostate cancer screening, an extra 17,000 Americans each year would learn that they had the worst form of the disease, a new study suggests.
That kind of prostate cancer — metastatic prostate cancer, in which the cancer spreads to the bone or other parts of the body — is rapidly fatal, usually within two years or less. More. . .
Should Men Test
I’m not a physician and I don’t give medical advice, but my person experience with prostate cancer convinced me that PSA screening is critical to beating prostate cancer.
Finding out if you are the one in six men (one in four for African Americans) as early as possible is the only way to have the full range of treatment options available.
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s important to talk with your doctor and carefully weight the potential side effects of treatment versus closely monitoring disease progression.
How to Put Your Prostate Cancer Early Warning System in Place
The PSA test isn’t perfect, but it’s the best tool available at the moment. One of prostate cancer’s few telltale signs is a rising PSA test value from one year to the next.
Men now can create a free prostate cancer early warning system at http://ProstateTracker.org. ProstateTracker reveals any upward PSA trend so that it can be evaluated by medical service providers.
Every man 35 and older should have an annual PSA test and personally track that information in ProstateTracker.

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How to Manage a Prostate Cancer “Watchful Waiting” Strategy

Observation as Good as Surgery for Some Men with Prostate Cancer?
The controversy over treatment versus “watchful waiting” for prostate cancer patients seems never ending.

The National Cancer Institute just released an article in it’s July 24, 2012 NCI Cancer Bulletin showing that a 10 year old study of 731 with localized and early-stage prostate cancer showed roughly the same survival rate over a 10-year period. These men had a median age of 67.

While I’m not a doctor, I am a 10-year prostate cancer survivor whose research shows that almost every prostate cancer survivor lives at least 5 years, regardless of the stage of diagnosis.

However, the 10-year survival rate for men diagnosed when their prostate cancer already had metastasized is just 34%. In my mind, the prostate cancer conversation needs to move from treatment options to early detection and from early detection to prevention.

The PCAP Prostate Cancer Manifesto
We believe that every man has the right to know that he has prostate cancer while his prostate cancer is still fully treatable.

The PCAP Contribution to Early Detection
Effective prostate cancer treatment means early detection and the best test at present is the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.

We believe men should begin testing at age 35 and have an annual test, just as women do with the PAP test for cervical cancer and their annual breast exams.

The PCAP has created a simple tool for detecting any rising trend in a man’s PSA test number, which is highly correlated with prostate cancer presence. This tool is available at http://ProstateTracker.org.

ProstateTracker is free to everyone. It does not collect user names so absolute privacy is assured. ProstateTracker visually displays any rising PSA trend. Users can print their PSA history and take it with them to their annual physical with their doctor.

Why Men Need to Track their PSA

  1. There are more new cases of prostate cancer each year than breast cancer
  2. Almost 30,000 men die each year from prostate cancer in the US alone
  3. Prostate cancer usually shows no symptoms until it is advanced
  4. A rising PSA trend is a reliable indicator that something unusual is taking place with a man’s prostate gland
  5. Prostate cancer is very treatable, but ONLY IF DETECTED EARLY
  6. Not all doctor’s track a man’s PSA over time
  7. Metatastic prostate cancer is a very unpleasant way to die

How to Make Certain You Don’t Have a Surprise Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

❑        Begin annual PSA testing at age 35
❑        Track the results in ProstateTracker
❑        Discuss any rising trend with your doctor or health care services provider immediately
❑        Carefully discuss any treatment program with your doctor

What you Need to Do Today – Right Now – Right at This Moment!

❑        Go to http://ProstateTracker.org and create your account
❑        Input your past four annual PSA results (or as many as you have)
❑        See if the trend is rising
❑        If it is, go to your doctor immediately

Your free and anonymous prostate cancer early detection system. Create your account today!

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