The final chapter of my book Midpoint: Manhood, Midlife, and Prostate Cancer, ends with my nervously checking the results of my first post-surgery PSA test. The news that day was good—none of the antigen was detectable in my blood, which indicated that, for then at least, the cancer was beat back. Since then, I've lived … Continue reading Living Life in the Low Beams
My daughter is reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Natural Causes for a sociology course in college. This week she’s been home for Spring break, catching up on her sleep and getting ahead on course reading. Now, my daughter knows I have strong opinions on prostate cancer screening, so it was a significant moment when she set … Continue reading Can Men Be Trusted With PSA Screening?
If you haven’t heard about CBD (cannabidiol, one of 113 “cannabinoids” found in Cannabis plants) you’re not spending much time online. As for me, I was fairly late to the party, having heard about CBD a while ago but filed it away in my pseudoscience dustbin. As with many things in life, though, I wrote … Continue reading CBD, Prostate Cancer, and Just Carrying On
I think it was 2005 when I went to Canyon Ranch for one of their intensive “ultraprevention” check-ups. This approach to wellness was tied to a book of the same title by Canyon Ranch Chief Medical Officer Mark Liponis and general practitioner Mark Hyman. The book and program focus on understanding the unique health needs … Continue reading Fish Oil, Prostate Cancer, and Way Too Much Information
It’s kind of spooky how consistent the weather can be from year to year. Even with the effects of global warming, which are unmistakable in upstate New York, a day in December one year is eerily like the previous year. It’s almost enough to make you believe there really is a cosmic clockmaker whose spheres … Continue reading A Year Between Two December Days
I’ve heard PSA screening referred to as one of the top controversies in men’s health. And where there's controversy there's confusion. Given that prostate cancer is the number two cause of cancer deaths among men, confusion around screening for the disease is problematic and potentially dangerous. A Philadelphia-based genitourinary surgeon named Alexander Kutikov recently attempted … Continue reading The Great PSA Controversy