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I've been taking medication for an enlarged prostate for three years, and asked my urologist (in St. Anthony, Newfoundland) for more details about it. Basically, a) most men get it as they get older; b) an enlarged prostate is often called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); c) it is not cancer; and d) it does not raise your risk for prostate cancer. That was a relief.
Stockholm wrote: The reality is that in many (if not most cases) its just a matter of genetics anbd/or bad luck.
This is absolutely NOT accurate, and if it was the case for example, we would still be having asbestos in all of our buildings...
From: Prostate Cancer and Asbestos Exposure
The exact causes of prostate cancer are still not completely understood. It has been established that prostate cancer is not contagious, and several risk factors have been identified. Some of these include age, ethnicity, family history, certain changes in the prostate, and a diet rich in meat and animal fat. Men over 50 are at the highest risk of developing prostate cancer.
Although limited, scientific studies such as these have documented and illuminated the possible link between asbestos exposure and prostate cancer. A lucid understanding of this plausible connection will only be achieved through further research and analysis.
If you click on Asbestos Cancer Facts and Statistics on the left hand side of the page I linked to, you can read interesting things about abestos and cancer.
Here's an excerpt:
Authorities estimate that each year approximately 10,000 Americans die from illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos. For nearly a century, asbestos was one of the most popular materials in numerous industries and applications. Asbestos was included in thousands of construction materials, from insulations to floor tiles to caulking putty. For information about at-risk workplaces, please see Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure.
Asbestos could also be found in many consumer products Americans use each day, including hair dryers, popcorn poppers, and even in talc powder. Please see Products Containing Asbestos for more information on the products that have contained asbestos. Because of the prevalence of the deadly material, millions of people have been exposed to asbestos, a fibrous, fire-resistant mineral and known carcinogen (which scientists now know is responsible for many thousands of cancer deaths in the United States).
Unfortunately, the asbestos epidemic is just approaching its peak. In the vast majority of asbestos -related illness, symptoms do not surface for many years. In the case of mesothelioma, symptoms may not arise for 20 to 50 years.
According to governmental sources, the use of asbestos is still quite problematic. In 2005, for instance, the use of asbestos in materials and products manufactured in the United States totaled more than 2,000 metric tons. Of the approximate 10,000 Americans who will die this year from asbestos-related illnesses, approximately 2,000 will succumb to lung cancer, which scientists consider the second greatest asbestos-related cancer (following mesothelioma).
Stockholm wrote: Sometimes we lapse into thinking of cancer as some sort of a morality play where people get it as punishment for having an unhealthy lifestyle. The reality is that in many (if not most cases) its just a matter of genetics anbd/or bad luck.
The cancer industry plays on that tendancy very effectively. It works to distract attention from the chemicals in the environment that cause cancer.
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Thanks for starting the new thread, remind. Closing for length.