Actor Dennis Hopper attended the Breeder’s Cup, in Santa Anita on Saturday, in support of the VFoundation for Cancer Research. The Easy Rider actor, who is a big fan of thoroughbred horse racing, attended the event despite being treated for prostate cancer. Last month, Hopper revealed that he was being treated in an experimental program at University of Southern California, and now says that he has been battling the disease for the last nine years. According to Hopper, the current treatment “… has great promise. Everything’s good right now.”
We’ve already done a few blogs about prostate cancer: What is prostate cancer?; What is PSA, and how good a measure of prostate disease is it? In this blog we will discuss risk and prevention of prostate cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may help prevent cancer. Avoiding cancer risk factors such as smoking, being overweight and lack of exercise may help prevent certain cancers. Increasing protective factors such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising may also help prevent some cancers.
The following risk factors may increase the risk of prostate cancer:
The following protective factors may decrease the risk of prostate cancer:
The following have been proven not to affect the risk of prostate cancer, or their effects on prostate cancer risk are not known:
Clinical trials are used to study ways to lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Some cancer prevention trials are conducted with healthy people who have not had cancer but who have an increased risk for cancer. Others consist of people who have had cancer and are trying to prevent a recurrence of the same type, or to lower their chance of developing a new type of cancer. Still other trials are done with healthy volunteers who are not known to have any risk factors for cancer.
The purpose of some cancer prevention clinical trials is to find out whether actions people take can prevent cancer. These may include eating fruits and vegetables, exercising, quitting smoking, or taking certain medicines, vitamins, minerals, or food supplements.
New ways to prevent prostate cancer are being studied in clinical trials in many parts of the country.
Information about clinical trials can be found in the Clinical Trials section NCI’s Website.
Check for clinical trials in NCI’s Cancer Clinical Trials Registry for prostate cancer prevention trials that are accepting patients.
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