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Patrick C. Walsh, MD and Janet Farrar Worthington

From Diagnosis & Treatment to Managing Advanced Stages of Cancer

4.6 (113 ratings)
18 mins

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Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer by Dr. Patrick Walsh & Janet Worthington is an informative book that offers treatment options & the latest research to help men & their families through the challenges of prostate cancer.

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    A healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer.

    In these days of sensationalism and self-diagnosis, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or unnecessarily scared when hearing about a particular disease or cancer. So let’s start by addressing a simple question: How worried should you be?

    Simply put, if you’re from America, or any other Western country, prostate cancer is something to worry about. A boy born in America today has a 12.5% chance of getting it and a 2.6% chance of dying from it. That makes it worth paying attention to.

    However, there is a range of factors that can increase your chances of developing prostate cancer – some you can change and some you can’t.

    The first and biggest risk factor is age. Prostate cancer takes a long time to develop, so it often doesn’t appear until later in life. In fact, a man over the age of 70 is nearly seven times more likely to develop it than a man aged 50-59.

    Another factor is African ancestry. If you are of African descent, you have the highest chance of getting and dying from prostate cancer in the world.

    Also out of your control is the fact that prostate cancer runs in the family. This doesn’t always mean it’s hereditary – it’s often the result of a shared lifestyle.

    So, what are those lifestyle factors? There are two main things you can control to reduce your chances of getting prostate cancer.

    Studies have shown that having too much body fat around your middle not only increases your likelihood of getting it but also reduces the chances of recovery if you do get it.

    The second factor is – unsurprisingly – smoking. While this doesn’t directly cause prostate cancer, it does increase the chances of dying from it and reduce the success of treatment.

    So in the end, you probably already know how to reduce your risk: Stop smoking, if you haven’t already, and eat smarter. A diet set around a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, low-fat dairy, and proteins is advised.

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    What is Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer about?

    Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer (2001) is a comprehensive and straightforward guide to one of the most common cancers facing men today. Drawing on decades of scientific research and medical expertise, the authors outline every aspect of prostate cancer, including potential causes, testing and diagnosis, current treatment options, and what to expect as a survivor.

    Who should read Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer?

    • Men or the loved ones of men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and want to know what to expect.
    • Healthy men who would like to stay that way.
    • The medically minded who would like an overview of one of the most common forms of cancer.

    About the Author

    Patrick C. Walsh is a urologist, researcher, and writer, best-known for his work in the development of the “anatomic approach to radical prostatectomy,” a technique which has greatly improved outcomes of those undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Together with Janet Farrar Worthington he has also written the bestselling book The Prostate: A Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them.

    Janet Farrer Worthington is an award-winning science writer, and the editor of Discovery, a research publication concerned with prostate cancer research. She has written many health publications and often writes about prostate cancer for her men’s health blog, vitaljake.com.

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