Prostate Cancer

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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Lung, colon, and prostate cancers are the top three causes of cancer death in men. Prostate cancer is the most common with about 234,000 cases each year in the United States. Men 40 and over are at risk for getting this disease. The older the male, the more likely he is of developing prostate cancer. Someone aged 69 to 79 has a 1 in 7 chance of getting this disease. Prostate cancer can be inherited but can also be caused by the environment such as being exposed to cadmium (a toxic metal found in batteries, plastics and other industrial products). Pesticides have been found as a cause also. In addition, one's diet is associated with causing cancer. Eating foods high in fat, not eating enough fish, and a diet of few soy products can increase chances of prostate cancer. The best way to detect prostate cancer is through a digital rectal exam. Furthermore, doing a PSA (prostate specific antigen) test will help determine if there is cancer. Prostate cancer can be treated through the removal of the prostate, beam radiation, or planting radiation seeds into the body. This well-written, educational book has a personal touch to it because the author has included stories about friends, acquaintances, and his uncle who had prostate cancer. This book would be a great resource for health or biology majors, pre-med students, and anyone whose family has a history of prostate cancer. This book is part of the "Deadly Diseases and Epidemics" series. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791089354
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Deadly Diseases and Epidemics Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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