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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Thursday, November 11, 2004
TESTICULAR CANCER: FACING THE FACTS
(abstracted from PEOPLE)


Though rare--- and usually curable --- testicular cancer still claims the lives of nearly 400 young men in the U.S. annually.

SYMPTOMS: A lump or swelling in the testicle, usually painless.

DIAGNOSIS: Physical exam and ultrasound.

TREATMENT: Surgical removal of testicle. The biopsy, blood test and CAT scan, followed by chemo, radiation or possible removal of the lymph nodes-- if the cancer is found to have spread. Some patients opt for a cosmetic testicular prosthesis.

FERTILITY AND SEXUAL FUNCTION: Generally unaffected, but chemo and radiation can temporarily interfere with sperm production.

BEST PREVENTION: Monthly self-exam.


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ANTICANCER DIET

(abstracted from YOURTIME)

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is sound advice for anyone, but according to a new study in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, it may be particularly valuable for older women. A survey of nearly 3,000 New York City-- area women, about half of whom had developed breast cancer, suggests that eating at least 35 serving of fruits and vegetables a week can cut the risk of developing hormone-stimulated breast cancer tumors by 35% in postmenopausal women.

The University of North Carolina epidemiologists who led the study say leafy greens and colorful vegetables like carrots, squash, tomatoes and peppers, which are rich in lycopene and beta carotene, are especially potent cancer fighters.

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