Announcement: Recent News from the Web

Articles from the Internet are regularly gleaned from the website and posted. An attempt is made to categorize them, as listed in the sidebar on the right. Click on the Categories widget to see the categories, and select the category of interest. They will appear on a new page in order from the most recent to the oldest. Some are from refereed scientific journals, while other are from more popular press websites. Almost all posts include a very brief description with a link to the actual article. As always, be careful about the source.

Video: “The Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy”

May 2020 Awareness Night The Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy   Nelly Faghani, B.Sc., P.T., M.C.P.A. Registered Physiotherapist Nelly will review with you where your pelvic floor is located and explain what pelvic floor physiotherapy is. She will explain how modifying your bladder/bowel habits, diet, behavior, and improving your pelvic floor function can help prevent or treat symptoms of urine loss. The session will include a Q and A component. This Awareness Night was held on the Zoom platform (our first) so it will look different from the usual presentation. CLICK ON THE ARROW TO START THE VIDEO The Complete …

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“The Talk” Webinar Video

“The Talk” is not about the birds and the bees; it’s about talking to your sons and daughters about possibly inheriting genes that predispose them to prostate and breast cancer. View video.

Putting on Weight … If You’ve had Localized Prostate Cancer

So even if we don’t want to think or talk about it, most of us are well aware that about 40 percent of all Americans are now obese. In other words, they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher. A paper by Troeschel et al., just published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, used data from the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort to look at associations between post-diagnosis body mass index (BMI) and weight change and prostate cancer–specific mortality (PCSM), cardiovascular disease–related mortality (CVDM), and all-cause mortality among survivors of non-metastatic prostate cancer. Read the …

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A Re-think About PSA Testing

Benefits of PSA Test for Prostate Cancer Substantially Greater than Generally Appreciated The benefits of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to screen men for prostate cancer may be greater than the harm, say investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian, University of Washington School of Medicine and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. While organizations such as the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the American Academy of Family Physicians have been lukewarm or opposed to the routine use of the PSA test, in a commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the investigators demonstrate that these recommendations …

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New test may help detect prostate cancer earlier and with greater accuracy

A new type of test that uses complex sugars to detect prostate cancer earlier and with greater accuracy is being developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The test works by identifying sugars, known as glycans, in blood. These sugars are attached to protein molecules called PSA and are known to undergo distinct but subtle changes when cancer is present in the body. Read the article.

Invitation letter for ZOOM June 16th Peer Support Meeting

Dear PCCN Toronto member We hope you are keeping well and safe. If you are currently undergoing treatment, we trust it is going well and wish you all the best. Because of the current situation, our in-person Peer Support Group (PSG) meetings at the Valleyview Residence and Awareness Night meetings at Toronto Botanical Gardens have been suspended for the time being. The PCCN-Toronto Board of Directors decided to have these meetings online using the ZOOM teleconferencing platform. After a few successful, experimental sessions with a small number of persons, we are now opening this up to a larger group. Our …

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Ears the truth about chocolate bunnies

With the world preparing to celebrate its first Easter amid a global pandemic, we have some much-needed good news to share. (Dark) Chocolate is maybe actually good for you! Read the article.

Coronavirus Part 1

(Here is a preview of an article by one of PCCN-Toronto’s favourite Awareness Night speakers.  He has a regular column in US Too’s Hot Sheet.) Coronavirus Part 1 (Hopefully There is No Part 2 Because We Will Have Conquered Corona Quickly) by Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH My Hot SHEET column does not come out for a few weeks, so I have been asked to provide some personal thoughts on the obvious situation occurring. In addition to my public health background, I have previously worked with other infectious agents that have impacted many people. Let me be candid here. I am …

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