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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in American men following skin cancer. The risk factors include age, family history, and race. The American Cancer Society states that older men are at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer citing that about 6 out of every 10 cases occur in men over 65. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men whose father, brother, or son have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are two to three times more like to develop the disease themselves. The CDC also indicates that African-American men are most commonly affected by prostate cancer and that the disease usually develops sooner and grows at a faster rate than in other racial groups.

Some of the symptoms are:

  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Blood in the urine

It is important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. Additionally, not all men with prostate cancer experience symptoms.

Common screening tests include:

  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test to measure the levels of PSA in the blood.
  • Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) to feel for lumps and abnormalities.

These tests alone are not enough to make a diagnosis. If prostate cancer is suspected, a small sample of the prostate will be removed for testing using a core needle biopsy. The results which usually take 1-3 days will determine if cancer cells are present.

There are different treatment options available including:

  • Surveillance
  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Hormone therapy
  • Chemotherapy

 

Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and screening for prostate cancer.

 

Sources:

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/index.htm

 

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According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), 75% of Americans reported experiencing at least one symptom of stress. As common and harmless as it may sound, stress can have serious consequences on your overall health and well-being. It can affect you emotionally, physically, and mentally.

The APA identifies three different types of stress:

Acute

This is the most common form of stress. Its symptoms include: emotional distress, tension headaches, stomach problems, rapid heartbeat, and sweaty palms.

Episodic Acute

Symptoms include: persistent tension headaches, migraines, hypertension, chest pain, and heart disease.

Chronic

Symptoms include: Anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.

While there may not be a way to prevent stress, there are healthy ways to manage it. Here are 7 steps you can take to reduce your stress levels:

• Make time for yourself
• Meditate
• Exercise
• Eat a healthy diet
• Adopt a hobby
• Get enough sleep
• Ask for support from those around you

Talk to your doctor to find the right treatment for you.

Seek immediate help if you experience thoughts of suicide. Call the 24/7 toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-8255.

Sources:

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-kinds.aspx

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/chronic-stress.aspx

http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2007/10/stress-tips.aspx

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-race-good-health/201212/4-healthy-ways-cope-stress

https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2017/state-nation.pdf

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Future of Aging and history of life expectancy from Aperion Care.

Most people are familiar with historic life-saving inventions like penicillin and seat belts, but it’s difficult to place these things in the long history of human innovation and increased life expectancy. We reviewed research from every field of study and assembled a collection of 50 inventions that have had (or will have) the most definite and dramatic impact on human life expectancy.

Fifty inventions and advancements that form the foundation of modern life expectancy.

All 50 inventions, listed in approximate order of appearance over the past two centuries.

Timeline of inventions that shaped modern life expectancy. From Aperion Care.

The first boom of innovation followed the Industrial Revolution and spanned a strong half-century of legendary invention. The men and women who were pioneers in their fields at this time are responsible for saving literally billions of lives. In the pre-1900s, infection and contamination were among the biggest enemies of a long and healthy life. Major advancements in science and medicine for blood transfusions, pasteurization, antibiotics, and toilets meant that being able to clean, replace, sanitize, destroy, or flush away disease-riddled contaminates skyrocketed the mortality rate across the globe.

The development of synthetic fertilizers in 1909 cleared the way for the massive increase in plant growth and crop production in 1945, also known as the Green Revolution, which transformed the agriculture industry. Also by the mid-20th century, vaccines advanced enough to be made available to the mass public and severely cut down the mortality rate of several diseases, such as measles, tuberculosis, small pox, and rubella.

Instead of wide-sweeping innovations, the second half of the 20th century saw small yet significant steps in many directions, especially in technology tools. Between 1950-2000, inventions such as air conditioning, auto safety enhancements, radiology, pacemakers, and the bifurcated needle—which eliminated smallpox—are estimated to have saved approximately 171 million lives combined.

Some of the most exciting developments are happening in real time. The exponential growth in scientific fields like artificial intelligence and nanotechnology make estimating their positive effects nearly impossible. In other instances, advancements like genetic and brain mapping, self-driving cars, and desalination and renewable energy are still too new to be told but the benefit to human life behind these ideas is extremely promising. For these examples, “lives saved” is expressed as a speculative annual rate we might enjoy once a given technology is fully realized, in the near or distant future. It is simply too soon to tell.

It may be true that innovations of the past can end up hurting us in the present, such as with synthetic fertilizers helping accelerate the current level of environmental strain. However, we know that humans will never stop trying to improve the human experience. As long as there are barriers to having the best, healthiest, longest natural life possible, scientists, inventors, thinkers, and dreamers will continue to work towards breaking those barriers so that we humans can live our best lives.

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World Health Organization
Center for Disease Control
Science Heroes
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In the millennial world, nothing’s certain, except death, taxes and posting pictures of food on Instagram. Not surprisingly, many 20- and 30-somethings aren’t thinking much about their future, about aging, retirement, and what financial state they’ll be in when they die. So, we gave them a little nudge.

We surveyed 2,000 millennials to understand their attitudes about the future–their individual future, and ours collectively.

Millennials might be labeled as entitled, but apparently they don’t feel entitled to a very long life! Only 30 percent of millennials expect to live to 85-100 years old compared to 43 percent of baby boomers. In fact, millennials think they will live to an average age of 81 while baby boomers expect to live about four years longer, on average. And when it comes to where they’ll be when they die, 41 percent of millennials think they’ll be living in a different state compared with the one they live in now.

What about being selfish? This is the “me” generation, but that stereotype doesn’t quite hold up when the topic of retirement pops up. About 41 percent say that spending time with family will be most important to them during retirement and 56 percent feel they won’t be a burden on other people as they age.

“Idealistic” is another adjective used to describe millennials and it might be accurate in the case of marriage predictions. Eighty-seven percent of millennials believe they’ll only be married once. Unfortunately, that’s probably wishful thinking. The average divorce rate in the U.S. is between 40 and 50 percent.

In terms of finances, almost 60 percent of millennials are saving money for retirement and 84 percent have saved under $50,000. But some might be in for a rude awakening once they retire. As many as 34 percent of millennials believe they only need $200,000 or less to retire comfortably. The reality, however, is they need much more. According to AARP, in order to live off of $40,000 a year, a retiree needs to save about $1.18 million for a 30-year retirement.

When asked about predictions on global politics and economics, millennials paint a less-than-ideal picture. Blame it on growing up during the Great Recession and with the threat of terrorism, but a majority of millennials aren’t optimistic about achieving world peace or financial stability. A whopping 79 percent think they’ll live through another major economic depression and 60 percent think World War III will occur in their lifetime. Let’s hope they’re wrong!