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THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM - A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer
Daniel W. Nixon, M.D., President, Institute for Cancer Prevention and Max Gomez, Ph.D. Health Editor, WNBC-TV

( America's baby boomers age, more and more men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. But what most people don't know is that more than 70% of cancers are actually preventable, according to the Institute for Cancer Prevention. THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM: A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer (Free Press; May 12, 2004; $25) by Institute for Cancer Prevention President Daniel W. Nixon, M.D., and Max Gomez, Ph.D., Health Editor for WNBC-TV, explains an innovative program on how diet, exercise and lifestyle changes may prevent prostate cancer. In addition, THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM provides new, noninvasive treatments of prostate cancer after it has been diagnosed.

One subject that men often find difficult to discuss in terms of prostate problems is sex. THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM offers sage and positive advice: sex can be good for the prostate but notes the unsafe sexual practices can have a counterproductive effect on prostate health. The authors also address the subject of impotence with sensitivity and care.

THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM also includes chapters on "Guarding Against Prostate Cancer" with its overview of preventive practices and "Treating Prostate Cancer" which offers a variety of options for treatment. Special chapters cover African Americans and Prostate Cancer and Alternative Treatments including homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and more.

The linchpins of The Prostate Health Program are The Prostate Health Pyramid and The Transition Diet. The Prostate Health Pyramid is a unique, scientifically based, prostate-specific guide to nutrition developed by research from the Institute for Cancer Prevention. It is the first disease-specific nutritional pyramid developed for the general public. The Transition Diet stresses the need to make gradual changes in diet that will remain a lifelong habit while noting that while on the "diet" the person is learning to eat as they will after he is off the diet. Also included is a Seven-Day Menu Plan with recipes, created by a Master Chef Mark Erickson at The Culinary Institute of America.

Comprehensive in scope, Nixon and Gomez discuss all the risk factors of prostate cancer including diet, obesity, age (60% of all newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases, and almost 80% of all deaths, occur in men seventy years of age or older), genetic predisposition, hormones, smoking, bone mass, calcium intake, stress (avoid it!), height (does size matter after all? Tall men have a moderately higher risk of a developing prostate cancer). They also look at the warning signs (including frequent urination, difficulty urinating, a painful or burning sensation during urination, blood in the urine or semen, a nagging pain in the back, hips, or pelvis) that indicate the need for an immediate prostate checkup though they may not mean the presence of cancer, and explains when men should see a urologist.

Facing the possibility of cancer is always a frightening and daunting prospect. THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM shows that men can play a major role in keeping themselves healthy and cancer-free and, if they are diagnosed with cancer, that they are the most important factor in their own survival and return to good health.

In addition, THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM is a practical guide to practically everything men need to know about prostate health, including

  • What gay men need to know
  • What African American men need to know
  • What it means to have an enlarged prostate
  • What to do if you have prostatitis
Daniel W. Nixon, M.D. is President of the Institute for Cancer Prevention and the editor-in-chief of the journal, Preventive Medicine. He has written more than 100 scholarly papers and is the author of The Cancer Recovery Eating Plan: The Right Foods to Help Fuel Your Recovery. He lives in New York City.

Max Gomez, Ph.D. has been the Health and Science Editor of WNBC-TV, NBC's flagship station in New York, since 1991. Dr. Gomez has been honored with four New York Emmy Awards, two Philadelphia Emmys, a UPI Best Documentary Award, and an Excellence in Time of Crisis award from New York City. He lives in Westchester Country, New York.

A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer
Published by Free Press
Publication Date: May 12, 2004
Price: $25.00 hardcover
ISBN: 0-7432-5348-5

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