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Well-Done Meat Consumption May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk
Research into the dietary habits of about a thousand men from the Cleveland area has found that a high consumption of meats, especially of red meat prepared by grilling, is positively associated with an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. This particular study, which was led by Dr. John Witte of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has a number of limitations, but it does add support to other investigations connecting meat consumption with cancer risk.
Toronto researchers speculate regarding a link between prostate cancer and oral contraceptive use
Very preliminary and speculative research, designed to spark further inquires, suggests that there may be a connection between oral contraceptive use and rising rates of prostate cancer. One theory is that the widespread use of birth-control pills in various populations may result in a higher level of estrogen in the environment, which might, in turn, increase prostate cancer risk.
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Prostate Cancer Support
The prostate cancer diagnosis is just the beginning of the process; you will soon be undertaking many medical tests and decisions. Now, more than ever, you need the support of family and friends.
Resist the temptation to shut people out. Talk about your feelings, fears, and any anxieties. Bottling up these emotions can put extra stress on your body.
Feelings of anger, depression, confusion, and betrayal are all perfectly normal. Working through them with another person or network of support can ease the process.
It’s also essential to educate yourself and stay updated on your condition and treatment options. The more you know, the more confident you will feel to make the right decisions about your health and future.
Being diagnosed with prostate cancer may feel lonely. Try to remember that you don’t have to deal with everything on your own. In fact, your friends and family may feel isolated as well if they are not included in parts of the process.
There are many support options available to you.
Family and friends
Church and spiritual groups
Prostate cancer support groups and online support communities. Learning from someone else’s experiences can provide valuable insight into how to deal with your own.
Your doctor and specialist(s). If you feel you need additional advice or information, do not be afraid to request it.
Private counselling through a psychologist or social worker. Your doctor can arrange an appointment.
Go with whatever makes you feel comfortable and remember that managing your emotional health is an important part of dealing with the disease.
A Network of Support at Your Fingertips
The Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN) is a national association of prostate cancer support groups that has been serving Canadian men and their families for over 15 years. The PCCN works to:
Help men and their families understand and cope with a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Provide up-to-date information and individual peer-to-peer support.
Provide opportunities for men and their loved ones to share their experiences and personal stories.
Promote the importance of early detection through local public awareness campaigns.
Distribute information to prostate cancer groups across the country interested in learning more about the disease.
Assist men in making informed decisions.
Advocate for increased funding for prostate cancer research, treatment and programs.
About PCCN Support Groups
The PCCN is made up of affiliated prostate cancer support groups across Canada although each group operates independently.
The support groups provide services at a grassroots level through monthly peer meetings, special educational events, outreach programs, and presentations at community events.
Group members and leaders do not give medical advice but freely share their own stories. They participate in discussions guided by medical experts, and share information about treatment options and advances. It is important to keep in mind that every person and every cancer is unique. Information obtained through other group members is useful as a guide but may not directly apply to you.
Most PCCN support groups meet monthly. Partners and family members are welcome at general meetings, but some groups choose to hold separate meetings for their loved ones. These groups encourage opportunities for sharing personal feelings and experiences, as well as dealing with burnout and other related issues as they cope with their loved one’s disease.
Wherever you live in Canada, we welcome you to join our network of people living with prostate cancer. To find a support group near you, or sign up for a newsletter, visit prostatecancer.ca or call 1-888–255-0333.
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