Hey, that's my age!

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    Dec 17, 2007 2:17 AM GMT
    Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg Dies

    NEW YORK - Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071217/ap_en_mu/obit_fogelberg


    Just shows ya gotta get tested. 40 isnt too early, altho the dr will prolly try to talk you out of it. Well, it isnt his life.
  • cityguy39

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    Dec 17, 2007 3:30 AM GMT
    I started getting exams at 39!

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    Dec 17, 2007 3:36 PM GMT
    That's when I started.
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    Dec 17, 2007 3:45 PM GMT
    Good thinking, CityGuy. African-Americans are more likely to get prostate cancer.

    The earlier it's found, the lighter the treatment.
  • fitnfunmich

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    Dec 17, 2007 4:14 PM GMT
    Caslon: what do you recommend for guys that want to be tested for prostate cancer? Digital rectal exam, PSA blood test, or what?

    Thing is, there does not excist concensus in the medical community regarding screening for prostate cancer. Most groups (including the American Cancer Society and the US Preventative Services Task Force) actually recommend AGAINST screening. The guy who developed the PSA test out of the John's Hopkins Medical Center does not recommend having that done either.

    It's a problem...
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    Dec 17, 2007 4:55 PM GMT
    yes, the PSA test can give false positives. Then you have a biopsy that shows for certain. I would still go for the test to be safe.

    However, the first test does give a base line for comparison to future tests. Prostate cancer is slow growing. And if the PSA is very low, drs often opt to do nothing unless they see the PSA going up. So with an early test, you have something to compare to.

    They are developing a more accurate test now.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/health/2007/12/17/lklv.cohen.prostate.cancer.cnn
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    Dec 17, 2007 4:58 PM GMT
    I figure that I probably allowed myself to develop prostate cancer. I didnt care for veggies at all. So I relied on supplements for my vitamins. Well, supplements dont give you all the phytochemicals that the body uses for good health.

    Boy, do I eat salads now! Large green salads. But also I have found an organic ranch dressing that I love. Mmmmmmmm

    I also do a lot of fruits...including fresh cranberries while they are still in season.
  • fitnfunmich

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    Dec 17, 2007 7:37 PM GMT
    Wow I just read your profile, Caslon! Best of luck as you fight the prostate cancer too! That's a total inspiration when guys like you and Lance Armstrong get through cancer while remaining physically fit. Amazing.

    Hey for everyone reading this though: best way to avoid cancer of the prostate (according to a small study in Australia) is to empty the gland on a regular basis. That means either beat off or get laid daily.

    Gotta luv the Aussies...