If you are a man, "You are almost certain to get prostate cancer; all you have to do is live long enough for it to erupt inside of you." In fact, "40% of men over 50 have prostate cancer."
These startling statistics from this book should serve as a wake up call to all men and the women who care about them.
The good news is that only 3% of the men in the US die from prostate cancer despite the high percentage who have it. And "of all men in the US who have prostate cancer, diagnosed or not, only 7.5% will die from it. That's a very low death rate for a cancer."
So why don't we hear more about it?
The March 28, 2005 issue of People Magazine profiled celebrity couple Emme (the plus-size model) and her husband Phil Aronson. Aronson was said to be suffering from prostatitis with his pain being an 8, on a scale of 1 to 10.
The article inadvertently points out a glaring omission in the celebrity medical world. No celebrity speaks out about prostatitis, like Elizabeth Taylor speaks for AIDS, or Mary Tyler Moore speaks for diabetes.
The Prostatitis Foundation is still seeking a celebrity spokesperson. Their web site, www.Prostatitis.org, gets nearly a million visits per year by men, and women, seeking answers. Questions remain about how to treat prostatitis.
Since the 1970s, physicians in Manila, Philippines have been treating prostatitis with repetitive prostatic massage and antibiotic therapy.
"Our research shows that prostatitis is often an infection and obstruction of the prostate," says Dr. Antonio Espinosa Feliciano, Jr., M.D., who has published 4 papers on prostatitis in the peer-reviewed medical literature and has several more in the works. "We use repetitive prostatic massage to drain the prostate of pus and infection, not just antibiotics alone as seems to be done in most other countries."
In the largest study to date of repetitive prostatic massage combined with antibiotics (Shoskes and Zeitlin), 40 percent of the patients underwent a complete remission of symptoms.
Prostatitis is inflammation, or swelling of the prostate. However, prostate enlargement, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, affects millions of men as well.
"One of the biggest things we do differently," says Dr. Feliciano, "is that we test all men with benign prostatic hyperplasia for prostatitis, and we usually find inflammation under the microscope. This leads to treatment with repetitive prostatic massage and antimicrobial therapy."
Some doctors suspect that prostatitis may be a precursor to prostate cancer. Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., author of "Surviving Prostate Cancer" Without Surgery (Roseville Books, 2005), writes about the possible connection in a chapter entitled: "What Causes Prostate Cancer?"
"A study needs to be done to see if keeping men's prostates clean of prostatitis, pus, and infection by repetitive prostatic massage and antibiotics can prevent prostate cancer," says Dr. Hennenfent.
Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., has seen five uncles suffer from prostate cancer. His book includes many uplifting stories about less harmful treatments than surgery.
Dr. Hennenfent is the founder of: www.SurvivingProstateCancerWithoutSurgery.org, the Epididymitis Foundation and the
Acoustic Neuroma Foundation
This is an easy to read book of 334 pages with 27 illustrations and cartoons. It has an extensive index and a listing of valuable web page resources.