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    Default Steaming Your Prostate: A New Treatment Could Improve Lives

    Steve Williams
    August 27 2018

    A new procedure, which has just been approved by the UK’s health watchdog NICE, may help to improve the lives of millions of men suffering prostate problems. Released this month, the guidance aims to tackle what is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or non-cancerous enlarged prostate. The condition is very common, affecting up to half of all men over the age of 50 in the UK alone.
    While some people will show only minimal symptoms, like a weak or slow urinary stream, others may experience problems with urinating, feelings of needing to urinate more frequently and other uncomfortable symptoms that can add up to a lower quality of life.


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    Default Re: Steaming Your Prostate: A New Treatment Could Improve Lives

    Glad I read this, even though I'm not a man! I learned something.
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    Default Re: Steaming Your Prostate: A New Treatment Could Improve Lives

    The procedure, known on the street as Rezum, is fairly new, approved by FDA in 2016. So, medical community has less than 2 yrs. experience with this procedure. In fact, men wanting to try the procedure may have difficulty finding a skilled physician. The clinical trials for Rezum were performed using only enlarged prostates of a certain size. So, the verdict is still out on how well Rezum works on prostates enlarged beyond the size used in clinical trials. Curious why different sizes were not used. It sounds promising...anything's better than invasive surgery and drugs...but sounds like more time and more testing are needed before pronouncing a cure for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

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    Default Re: Steaming Your Prostate: A New Treatment Could Improve Lives

    We never heard of prostate cancer when I was growing up. I wonder, is it related to the fact that men are living longer today?
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    Default Re: Steaming Your Prostate: A New Treatment Could Improve Lives

    To be clear, this article is addressing a procedure to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is not cancer. BPH is simply a swollen prostate. Prostate cancer, on the other hand, has been fairly constant for American men, with African American men being almost twice as likely to get it than Caucasian or Hispanic men. Good news: most men diagnose with prostate cancer don't die from it. According to American Cancer Society, the actual rate of cancer has been declining on average 5.6% each year over the past 10 yrs, due to better detection tools. The 5 yr. survival rate is 98.2%, which is incredibly high compared to most other cancers. I suspect the reason you didn't hear much about it growing up was because men aren't given to discussing their "sick" body parts, not even with their wives.

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    Default Re: Steaming Your Prostate: A New Treatment Could Improve Lives

    Haha, I know. When I was growing up, women who referred to breast cancer would actually whisper it. And I am aware that African American men are almost twice as likely to get prostate cancer. My African American son-in-law is keenly aware because his father died of it at an early age. A brother-in-law, closer to my age, had surgery for his prostate cancer and seems to be doing well, although he also had skin cancer and currently has some sort of slow-progression leukemia. They moved to Maine from Virginia not only to be closer to family, but to be between Portland and Boston medical centers.
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    The average age for getting prostate cancer is mid-60s. For the vast majority of men, the cancer is slow growing that they'll probably end up dying from something other than their prostate cancer. Two nutritional ingredients needed for a healthy prostate are zinc (oysters, clams, shellfish) and saw palmetto.

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