home
RSS
May 30th, 2010
11:58 AM ET

Hopper's disease No. 2 cancer killer of men

Actor Dennis Hopper, who starred in such Hollywood classics as "Easy Rider" and "Blue Velvet," died Saturday at his home in Venice, California.  He was 74.  His prostate cancer was diagnosed last October.  According to his wife, Victoria Hopper, he was surrounded by his children when he died.

Hopper is one of the approximately 27,000 men who die every year from prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society It is the second largest cancer killer of men, just behind lung cancer.  In 2009, there were more than 192,000 new diagnoses according to ACS.

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the best course of treatment for prostate cancer.  According to a study published last year in The New England Journal of Medicine, prostate screenings don't reduce the number of deaths from illness.  But not all experts agree.  The study caused much controversy in the medical community.  My colleague, Elizabeth Cohen, wrote about the opinions on treatment options in her column, "The Empowered Patient."

Funeral arrangements have not been decided, but Hopper's wish was to be buried in Taos, New Mexico, "his heart home," Victoria Hopper said.  To read more about Hopper's life and career, click here.


soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. JakeF

    Why isn't there more being done to bring awareness to the general public?

    We're all aware of breast cancer since there has been a great effort to do so. (pink ribbons, runs, walks, etc.) Can anyone explain to me why there is little done to make more aware of the disease?

    Save the noogies!

    May 30, 2010 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Neil the carpenter

    The catch line ............ OK caught me. But the article lacks any sort of depth. Where are the ideas for treatment? where is ANY information (other than how many men die a year from it) from a medical point of view, on ways , methods, theories, anything, that can provide insight of preventative measures men should/could take?.

    Lame article

    May 30, 2010 at 12:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Bob

    Sometimes all the money in the world can't conquer cancer. It attacks both the rich and the poor!

    May 30, 2010 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Glen Snail

    I have advanced prostate cancer and did alot of research, also talking Doctors, & people that have had all kinds of treatments. I found out that you don't suffer or die. I've been treated for 18 months and my PSA count has dropped from 9.5 to .57. These people cure over 80% of all cancer patients that go there. Email me at gjsnail@msn.com or go to http://www.hoxseycancerdiet.com/HoxseyInfo.cfm
    Glen

    May 30, 2010 at 13:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Liberty Queen

    More than 40,000 women die each year from breast cancer.

    May 30, 2010 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Lauren

    Let's remember that at age 100, approx. 100% of men have prostate cancer. So think : 350 million Americans, nearly 175 million of whom are men (give or take), and then remember that only ~26,000 of them die per year of prostate cancer. Try not to scare people – often the treatment is worse than the disease and most men die with "prostate cancer" at a ripe old age from something completely unrelated.

    There are always exceptions to these rules and the best course of action is to talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

    May 30, 2010 at 13:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. BJane Yeager

    when my spouse was diagnosed with prostate ca-his urologist told him that before the prostate cancer would kill him he would die of something else-so not to worry about it-needless to say he went to cancer specialist-who gave him options as to treat it-CA free 5 years now.

    May 30, 2010 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Mike

    Prostate cancer awareness needs to be raised to the same level as breast cancer. We understand that it isn't quite as "sexy" as it typically strikes only older men, a demographic not in favor in our youth culture, but as a health issue it merits awareness and attention.
    Hopefully there will be enough research directed towards this issue in the near future to finally settle on a proper course of detection and treatment, rather than the clearly fragmented and contradictory information we see today.

    May 30, 2010 at 13:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Michael Milone

    You need not post this, but I hope you will issue a clarifying statement. Nor am I being critical of you. Dennis Hopper didn't die of prostate cancer. I have not read what the actual cause of his death was, but it is most likely to be the failure of an organ damaged by cancer that metastasized from the prostate. The initial occurrence of the cancer was probably in the prostate. I realize this sounds a bit like gibberish, but if more men were aware of the situation with prostate cancer, they would be more likely to make wise decisions as a result of the diagnosis and perhaps engage in some lifestyle changes that would help them avoid the cancer in the first place or its metastasis. (The same is true of breast cancer.) Both breast and prostate cancer, because of their association with self-image, engender great fear in men and women, which probably contributes to late diagnosis and treatment. If medical practitioners and reporters were more expansive in describing what happens when an initial diagnosis was made, I think those affected would have better treatment and lifestyle options.
    Michael Milone, Ph.D.

    May 30, 2010 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • frank

      I'm afraid that is gibberish. When prostate cancer spreads to other parts of the body, most commonly the bones, the resulting tumors are composed of prostate cancer cells. A man, like Dennis Hopper, with advanced prostate cancer does not have bone cancer, bladder cancer, etc. but is in danger of dying from the growth of prostate cancer tumors in those organs. Hopper therefore did die of prostate cancer.

      August 22, 2010 at 18:10 | Report abuse |
  10. Oldfalguy

    Condolences to the family.
    There is a serious disconnect in this article-
    Pre screening led to finding a diagnosis of PC in
    192,000. Without screening there would be a lot less diagnosis of it-right? 27,000 die a year, seems there might have been more deaths had pre screening, diagnosis and treatment were not available. Mr. Hopper lived only 8 months from diagnosis when if found earlier he could well still be with us. What do you want to be, one of the 27,000 or the other.
    Get checked every year guys and follow up.

    May 30, 2010 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. drturi

    Thanks for your efforts, my own research suggest the same.

    Dr. Turi

    May 30, 2010 at 13:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. BarnFree

    Why don't doctors recommend men to self screen? Its easy to perform your own digital-rectal examination – and everyone should just do it Get familiar with what a normal prostate feels like. When we think of women doing self brest exams its fine, but everyone freeks out about men checking their own prostates. Get over it – do it in the shower a few times a year – it could save your life.

    May 30, 2010 at 14:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. sarcasmo

    Yeah, everybody run and get your ribbons. That will stop cancer...

    May 30, 2010 at 14:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. tfazio

    Get your facts straight. Hopper was diagnosed several years ago, he had just went public with the cancer last fall, when it started to affect his career.

    May 30, 2010 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Bob

    A new drug called PROVENGE that was just FDA approved about one month ago might have made a difference for Dennis. RIP.

    May 30, 2010 at 14:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Grant E. Wilson

    I've been told by an acquaintance in Singapore that East Indian males have a much lower incidence of PC. This has been attributed, partially, to a diet high in Curry. The active ingredient seems to be Turmuric.

    Any comments, feedback?

    May 30, 2010 at 14:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Jon

    Movember is a movement that is bringing awareness to men's cancers like prostate and testicular cancer. Look it up and participate!

    May 30, 2010 at 14:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. jack york

    There's no beating father time. He has an arsenal of diseases to take us out. On the upside, as Nathan Hale would agree, we only have but one life to give to our country. We're all going to die from something so get over it!

    May 30, 2010 at 14:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. meeee

    27,000 is not that high of a number for nationwide fatalities. Not to minimize it, it's awful, but that is a low number for a whole country. The % of all men must be relatively low, like what - 1-2%, so don't be too alarmed.

    May 30, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Carl Peterson

    Unfortunately, information available to help men and their families decide on prostate cancer (PCa) treatment is both confusing and overwhelming. As a result, some previous Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia (RCOG) PCa patients put together a web site at http://www.rcogpatients.com to help new patients "rack and stack" alternate treatment choices based on "adjusted" published average 10 year disease free rates and serious side effect rates. There are a number of improved PCa treatments today but some of them are much better than others.

    May 30, 2010 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. PCa researcher

    JakeF, lots of people have made the effort to bring breast cancer into the lexicon of Americans. If men such as yourself feel not enough attention has been given to prostate cancer (I don't know why, almost everybody has heard of the PSA test), it's up to you and everybody else concerned to go out there and make some waves. Nobody's going to do it for you. Do you think it's up to women (those who started the breast cancer movement) to promote prostate cancer awareness? FYI, there is quite a bit of funding out there for prostate cancer research so men can "save their noogies" (because surgical or chemical castration is the treatment for advanced disease. I know you know the prostate isn't a "noogie"). I'm working on a new therapy right now and guess what? No hair loss, no nausea, no weakness, no noogie loss. We'll see if this grant gets funded. I suggest you get out with your buds and raise funding and awareness if this sounds attractive to you. Women can't do everything for you even though I'm female and working on this treatment. I do it because the science is interesting and that grant money also pays my modest salary.

    May 30, 2010 at 14:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. citizen2345

    naysayers re early testing are literally dead wrong

    dramatic increases in survival rates from prostate cancer are now being realized thanks to early psa and digital screening and electing for one of the highly effective new therapies

    Ive just finished seed implantation and 35 radiation sessions in atlanta and have been given a 90% survival rating based on the clinics computerized 14000 patient data base accumulaterd over the last 30 years

    dont be a fool men–get your annual psa and digital and get an immediate biopsy if if gets overr 4 p/ngl

    May 30, 2010 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Mary Clark

    Breast cancer is not just a woman's disease. Men, too, get breast cancer and die from it every year. Just mentioning....
    http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_are_the_key_statistics_for_male_breast_cancer_28.asp

    May 30, 2010 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Mike from Michigan

    Here's how you deal with it....I am not a medical professional but I am a prostate cancer survivor. Believe me, I know what the heck I'm talking about. The most important thing is early diagnosis and treatment. If this cancer is diagnosed early enough, it is very beatable. Ergo, the diagnosis is critical. The inital screenings are step 1 of the diagnosis and these are extraordinarily important, regardless of what some moron from the New England Journal of Medicine found....that is, if you want to beat this thing. These screenings are an annual PSA blood test coupled with a DRE (digital rectal exam). If these indicate an abnormally high PSA reading or some other possible issue, then your urologist should do a needle biopsy (which is really not that big of a deal). Make sure he/she takes 20-24 plugs, not 12-16 as finding this cancer early is still the critical thing. If the biopsy indicates cancer, you will have various options most of which will be decided upon by your age and severity of the cancer. I was 56 when diagnosed and the decision was pretty simple....have the prostate removed and don't look back. I utilized the DaVinci Robotic Assisted method which was great for recovery time .... I was back at work in 10 days. Now, there are often side effects but the main thing is to get the dang cancer out. Yes, I have some incontinence and ED but there are ways to deal with that. Anyhow, you in itime realize those are small prices to pay for your life. Bottom line, get a PSA test and a DRE every year starting at age 40 and breat this thing....AND DO NOT LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS ON THESE SCREENINGS. Beleive me, they know not what they say!!!!

    May 30, 2010 at 15:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Ed

    I was diagnosed with Prostate cancer two years ago at the age of 40 when they found it completely by accident. In fact, they said I could wait 3-4 years or so before deciding what I wanted to do. Throughout the process I was hoping for the best but preparing for the worst by doing research. When I was given the diagnosis, although I was shocked, I knew exactly what my options were. I decided to go ahead and get my prostate removed at Barnes in St. Louis, and am thankful every day that I did. I have not experienced ANY of the side effects from the surgery and am leading a completely normal life in that regard.

    What is so sad is that I believe that Dennis was diagnosed several years back and rather than go through with having his prostate removed (for fear of the possible side effects), he decided to go with the radiation treatments. Unfortunately, this stuff can come back and once it leaves the prostate usually hits the bones as its secondary sight. Once that happens, the outlook isn't very good. Over the past several months I have often wondered how he thought about that decision now.

    Bottom line – if you are diagnosed, review your options and proceed with what you think is best for you based on your individual situation. Although it's not "fair" of me to say this since it didn't turn out this way for me, but I would rather be alive and dealing with some side-effects than scared of them and dead.

    RIP DH.

    May 30, 2010 at 15:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Christy

    Please don't dismiss prostate cancer as something you can grow old with. While this may be true in some cases, if the cancer has spread to other organs or the bones, your chances of surviving long term are slim. While drugs and chemo can keep it at bay for awhile, with Stage 4, the cancer cells will ultimately win out. I watched my father die from this over the course of 5 years and it really makes me mad when people dismiss prostate cancer as not life threatening.

    May 30, 2010 at 15:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. PCa researcher

    Dr. Milone, all prostate cancer originates in the prostate. Almost all deaths from cancer (regardless of type) are from metastasis to local and distant sites. Stopping metastases is the holy grail of cancer therapy. Mr. Hopper may have died with prostate cancer rather than from it. This is very common as prostate cancer is very slow growing until it spreads and becomes androgen resistent. Androgen ablation therapy works great for an average of two years before it also fails. Once it is detected in the bones, it is uniformely fatal. Average lifespan for these patients is 18 months. We, the public, may never know what Mr. Hopper actually died from.

    The problem with prostate cancer is that for most, it grows so slowly (like skin cancer) that it isn't much of a threat to life, but like melanoma (an aggressive type of skin cancer), once it spreads and becomes aggressive (androgen insensitivity), prognosis is very poor. This is where better diagnosis (who's cancer will spread?) and better treatment to prevent or treat metastses are needed. Prostate cancer is solvable and much progress has been made (as in for breast cancer). We just need more research to tune things up. For now, get screened and talk with your doctor about the options. I recommend someone specializing in PCa as a general oncologist may not be up on the best treatments. Gleason grade is very important. 4 + 3 is better than 3 + 4 so ask your practicioner what they think is best.

    The only solid advice I can offer that will make an impact is for those diagnosed with PCa, stop taking anything with B vitamins in it. That means supplement tablets, energy drinks, fortified foods, etc. B vitamins are pro-growth and PCa really sucks those vitamins down. That's true for any cancer but especially for PCa. This will be for the rest of your life and guys who didn't take supplemets did 3X better than those who did. Remember that cereal is fortified. Cancer grows best in a nutrient-rich environment and the tumor(s) always get first dibs on everything you put into your body. Consider that when you go to pop some supplements.

    May 30, 2010 at 15:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. bill

    Prostate cancer is caused by men stopping having sex.
    The semen builds up and causes cancer. Why isn't that published??

    May 30, 2010 at 15:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Walter

    In 2004 during an annual physical I reported symptoms of prostate cancer: frequent urination, reuced flow, minor discomfort. I specifically asked for a PSA test (at age 60, I had never had one). I was given a lecture about "false positives causing unnecessary anxiety" to which I replied "I'd rather face the consequences of a false positive on PSA than a false negative on DRE," which brought a chuckle and dismissal of my concerns. In 2008 I finally convinced my PCP to do a PSA. The reading was over 20. Followup biopsy confirmed advanced prostate cancer. I've been through chemotherapy, surgery, hormonal and radiation treatment and at the moment my PSA is nominally undetectable. BUT, the mantra is: the earlier a cancer is caught, the greater the chance of a cure. Stage 2 prostate is better than 95% curable. Stage 3 (mine) is 80+% lethal. It seems that with respect to prostate, physicians are playing a form of triage: better to let a few die than to cause unjustified anxiety to many. BUT, about 30% of existing cancers go undetected by DRE.
    I wonder how many physicians who refuse PSA tests for their patients have it done on themselves.

    May 30, 2010 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Steve

    Finding cures for diseases is a LIE anymore. Since drug companies learned that there is more money in treatments than in actual cures, all they focus on is trying to prolong the time you spend taking their drugs.

    They are in it to make long term money!

    Think about it, if they eradicate AIDS, cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc, they stand to lose TONS of money from the long term treatments. Do they want to provide a $100, one-time shot, or keep you alive for years and charge a couple hundred dollars a month?

    When was the last time a disease was actually cured? It was before the patenting of synthetic compounds used as treat ailments.

    May 30, 2010 at 15:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Thomas Richardson

    If you don't have screenings and you develope Prostate Cancer, it's going to spread and you're going to die, sooner rather than later.......If you receive screenings and catch it in it's early stages, your chances of survival are increased, period.
    I'm not a doctor and have never been to Med school. I'm a prostate cancer survivor who studied and researched this for 6 months. I talk about this to men and women I know and don't know, so that they are more aware of being screened and having other test perform to minimize it spreading to other areas of your body.
    My prostate was removed in February 2004. I'm not the man I use to be, but being single my sex life is full of energy.

    May 30, 2010 at 15:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Daniel Jones

    Provenge is in limited supply, costs $93,000 for three months treatment and extends life for an average of FOUR months! Big deal.

    May 30, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. calvin

    My dad was diagnosed about a month ago.He is at stage 10. He found out when he went to the doctor cause he had trouble urinating. He never went to the doctor unless he had too. Now it's too late. My prayers go out to anyone with the illness.

    May 30, 2010 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Dave

    My father was diagnosed 18 years ago with prostate cancer with a PSA test and then a more complete physical exam. He had radiation, chemo and lastly hormone therepy. It seems that the initial tests enabled his doctors to tell him he had it and then allowed time to formulate a treatment plan. He was able to have 18 more years of life. Today he is hospice as the cancer is now advancing to other parts of his body and the prognosis is month to month. As his 45 year old son I'm have the tests done each year to establish a bench mark PSA and do what I can by being screened. The screening is not perfect, but until other ways of screening for this cancer are found, I would urge everyone not to dismiss the PSA tests as unuseful.

    May 30, 2010 at 16:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. deaconknowgood

    It's been six month since completing radiation and hormonal treatments for my prostrate cancer. This past week I received good news that there's no signs for the cancer. I will continue to see my doctors and talk about options to other men.

    May 30, 2010 at 16:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. D

    Us men are to blame for the lack of awareness on prostate cancer, Jake. Men are for the most part very stoic and introverted about health issues. Women have taken breast cancer by the horns, made it a mass media issue, and that's why awareness for breast cancer is on a level that prostate cancer will probably never reach. Women feel more comfortable than we do when it comes to their health and being open about these types of things. Men usually like to keep their mouths shut.
    The movember movement discussed is something garnering a lot of interest, however it pales in comparison to the multi-dimensional efforts through which breast cancer is brought into the public eye (ribbons, walks, charitable organizations, etc.).

    May 30, 2010 at 16:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Jeff

    This is a good step in making people aware of how much this disease kills men. We have a long way to go but this a great step forward.

    Save the doodads.

    May 30, 2010 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Leigh

    There would be alot less deads if theprocedure"i.e. colonoscopy" I've put it off 5times myself, due to the long and annoying way it's done. I'm 62 and was suppose to have one done 12 years ago! There must be a better way to diagnosis, then drinking a gallon of liquid and then clean yourself out and then the next day have a prod invade you. Please tell in 2010 there is not a better and higher degree of accuracy for testing!!!????? Thank You,for this comment but I know I'm not the only person that puts this off, they avoid this because of the complications involved, make it simple and save lives, that is the bottom line!

    May 30, 2010 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Fritz

    It's not that little is being done. Far from it. We are all overwhelmed with the symptoms of BPH and prostate cancer; it's right behing Viagra, Cialis, and ED in general. Flank pain. Problems urinating. Difficulty maintaining s steady stream. Abdominal pain. Family history (genes are forever!), etc......... but the best way to detect any protate abnormalities is to see your physician on a regular basis and get a prostate exam – machismo be damned! If you think you're too much of a man to have a trained professional examine you, then I hope you can carry that same tough guy attitude with you when the cancer pain starts. What's worse: a digital rectal exam (DRE) or cancer pain with metastases throughout the body (however there are organ systems with predilections for specific cancers). Good luck and get that check-up! Too cool for that, then (literally), suffer the consequences.

    May 30, 2010 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Bill

    Lauren May 30th, 2010 13:16 ET
    Let's remember that at age 100, approx. 100% of men have prostate cancer. So think : 350 million Americans, nearly 175 million of whom are men (give or take), and then remember that only ~26,000 of them die per year of prostate cancer.
    ----------
    By far the most idiotic post ever. How many people do you expect to reach 100 years of age?

    192,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. Approximately 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. About 1 man in 35 will die from prostate cancer.

    Education is important. Someone trying to throw up phony numbers to make the issue seem minute is ridiculous. (BTW, my numbers come from the American Cancer Society)

    May 30, 2010 at 16:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Ed

    27,000 isn't a great number unless you are one of the 27,000. more than 20 time The disparaging part of the account is that he got diagnosed in October and just died. Doesn't say a lot for 'modern' cancer treatment (radiation and chemo) – it seems once they get you on those two treatments you just go downhill really quickly. RIP, Dennis Hopper!

    May 30, 2010 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. may

    I know of two men who left their prostrate cancer unchecked, they both died of natural causes, twenty years after diagnosis. They opted for no treatment, as the treatments can leave one with undesired side affects. One man was 82 the other 78. How many men do you know who live that long even without prostrate cancer. They felt quality of life was worth more than so called quantity.

    May 30, 2010 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Doreen Henricksen

    First read of the headline I had to look to see what "Hopper's disease" is.
    I found that it is a disease previously labeled prostate cancer. Well, I now understand that Mr. HOPPER had prostate disease, the #2 cancer killer of 27,000 men in the U.S.. I felt mislead by the title of this article.

    May 30, 2010 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. All the Bees in China

    27,000 is 0.000000000000000000000000001% of the women afflicted by Breast Cancer every year. We need to cut all funding for prostate cancer and toss another 10 billion dollars into breast cancer research. Or at least make some more ribbon magnets.

    May 30, 2010 at 16:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. J. Mark Lane

    Two short comments:

    1. It is true, people don't "die of prostate cancer". The same is true of breast cancer. My wife has breast cancer, and I have learned a lot about cancer since she was diagnosed. People die of metastasis from the cancer to organs that are then destroyed by the cancer cells. It's a technicality, though. Any kind of cancer needs to be caught early and treated.

    2. It bugs the shiit out of me that people refer to Dennis Hopper as "an actor" and someone who "was in" movies like Easy Rider. Hooper was indeed a great actor. But he was also a writer and director. He DIRECTED Easy Rider, which despite the passage of time still stands as a great work of film art. Hopper was also a painter, a poet and a photographer. The world will miss Dennis Hopper. Or should. He was an icon of a time when this country actually made some progress in its thinking and...acting.

    May 30, 2010 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Arglebargle

    "Hopper's Disease"? You mean they've already named a disease after him?

    Everyone dies of something sooner or later. Regardless of how well you take care of your body, something is eventually going to do you in.

    Accept it. Get over it. Live life!

    May 30, 2010 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. steve

    I'm 65. When I was 47, on a routine physical it was discovered that my PSA was elevated (4.something). I learned of this via a message left on my answer machine (I don't think voice mail existed then) along with the doctor's recommendation that I come in for further testing because, "you may have prostate cancer". To make a long story short, the doctor was a rather ignorant and arrogant recent graduate in internal medicine. I did not have prostate cancer, only an enlarged prostate. During the past 5 years as per several established urologists I have had 5 prostate biopsies, all of which have in essence been based on increasing PSA levels. None of the results indicated cancer. I am a strong advocate of taking prostate caner very seriously. I am also proof that elevated PSA and prostate enlargement are not in and of themselves indicative of cancer.

    May 30, 2010 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. j-tho

    >Neil the carpenter ~ well, did you bother to click through on the links to read the additional information there? did you google the topic? *all* the information on the topic doesn't need to be in a single article!

    >Liberty Queen ~ so does that mean we should not care about something that kills 27,000 *other* people???

    >Michael Milone ~ when the original cancer was prostate cancer, it is standard to call the death from prostate cancer. my father now has cancer in his bones, but it's not called bone cancer because it arises from his prostate cancer of 15 years ago. as a dr, i would think you would understand this.

    May 30, 2010 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Tex

    Breast cancer was ignored until women started organizing, fundraising, demanding research, media attention, etc. Men need to organize themselves around their diseases.
    That said, I made my husband get his first prostate exam; he would not have done it himself. So yes, I care about prostate cancer too.

    May 30, 2010 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Joe in VA

    I have enlarged prostrate and have been having annual screenings for over 15 years. They do help in the sense that they establish a baseline to see when conditions are changing. Over this time I have had 3 biopsies, so far all clear. The key here is vigilance but nothing is certain. If this were a women's disease, the PC media would be all over it. But, it's just us guys, we will just have to fend for ourselves.

    May 30, 2010 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3

Leave a Reply to stornobrzinol


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.