According to Dr. Oz, somebody dies from prostate cancer worldwide every 13 minutes. The number of cases in the United States however has dropped in recent years. Dr. Aaron Katz, author of Dr. Katz's Guide to Prostate Health: From Conventional to Holistic Therapies, says increased screening and early detection are the reasons for the decline. Dr. Oz talks with Dr. Katz about his approach to preventing and treating prostate cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute, high levels of prostate-specific antigens—proteins produced by the cells of the prostate gland—in the bloodstream can be an indication of prostate cancer. Having PSA levels in your blood tested and monitored can help doctors catch prostate cancer early, and Dr. Katz says that in the future genetic testing will become common. "I think with genetic testing we will be able to get in earlier probably looking at men in their 20s to see who is going to develop this disease or not," he says.
Dr. Katz shares a few tips that could prevent men from developing or succumbing to prostate cancer.
Published on July 23, 2007