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April 14, 1999 | By Huntly Collins, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Scientists have taken a major step toward identifying another gene associated with prostate cancer that runs in families. The finding, which represents a fourth site on human chromosomes that may trigger the hereditary form of the disease, could eventually lead to a screening test and early diagnosis, researchers said. "If a family knows they have a lot of prostate cancer, this is very exciting," said Elaine Ostrander, a geneticist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, who oversaw the study.
NEWS
February 29, 2008
MY HUSBAND recently passed away from advanced metastatic prostate cancer. He NEVER got his PSA test done at a time when this would have been caught - until, at age 59, certain complaints (and my nagging) forced him to his doctor. The test came back way over the acceptable range. After seeing his urologist, MRI and CTs were done, but only hormone shots to lower his testoserone would help. It was already past the point of anything other than that and possibly chemo to destroy some of the tumors.
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February 26, 2007 | By Marie McCullough INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Compared with white men, African American men are 50 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer, and twice as likely to die from it. They also tend to develop it at younger ages. Like other cancer genetics researchers, Matthew Freedman figured at least part of the explanation for this disparity must lie in the DNA. After all, defective genes that increased breast-cancer risk had been isolated in women, so it was reasonable to assume the equivalent was at work in prostate cancer.
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April 18, 2012 | Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. - Warren Buffett has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, he told his company's shareholders in an open letter Tuesday. The 81-year-old billionaire investor and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said his condition is "not remotely life-threatening" or debilitating. He said he and his doctors have decided on a two-month treatment plan that is to begin in mid-July. "I feel great - as if I were in my normal excellent health," Buffett said in the letter.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2004 | Daily News wire services
James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul" and a legend in rap, rock and funk, has announced that he has prostate cancer. In a statement released yesterday, Brown, 71, said that he will undergo surgery for the ailment on Dec. 15. "I have overcome a lot of things in my life. I will overcome this as well," Brown said. Brown, best known for seminal hits like "I Feel Good," "Please, Please, Please," and "Cold Sweat," is also a diabetic. Dubbed the hardest-working man in show business, he finished a two-week Canadian tour on Thursday night.
SPORTS
February 4, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Kentucky and New Mexico State football coach Hal Mumme has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Mumme's agent, Russ Campbell, confirmed the diagnosis yesterday to the Associated Press. He said the prognosis is good because the illness was detected early. Mumme, 56, was head coach at Kentucky from 1997 to 2000 and his teams were 20-26. He left amid a recruiting scandal that led to the football program being sanctioned by the NCAA. He was fired by New Mexico State in December after a 4-year stint.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two new prostate cancer studies have found that many low-risk patients have been receiving more treatment than is needed or helpful - racking up millions of dollars in excess health-care costs and, potentially, causing more physical harm than good. One of the studies, both of which were published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that among patients whose cancer was not aggressive, those who received hormone therapy as their primary treatment did not live any longer than those who were merely carefully monitored.
NEWS
May 9, 2013 | By Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press
A new genetic test to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer may help tens of thousands of men each year decide whether they need to treat their cancer right away or can safely monitor it. The new test, which goes on sale Wednesday, joins another one that recently came on the market. Both analyze multiple genes in a biopsy sample and give a score for aggressiveness, similar to tests used now for certain breast and colon cancers. Doctors say tests like these have the potential to curb a major problem in cancer care - overtreatment.
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June 19, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
No future for SeanLize? Robin Wright 's ex-, Sean Penn , won't be the next Mr. Theron, after all. Us Weekly says the Crossing Guard director and his latest paramour, Charlize Theron , have parted ways. Penn, 54, and Theron, 39, who have been pals for years, became engaged in December after dating for about a year. In March, Penn told Esquire UK his past failures would not affect his chances with Theron. "You say I've been married twice before, but I've been married under circumstances where I was less informed than I am today," he said.
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April 19, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Researchers who study hereditary breast and ovarian cancer call it "the Angelina Jolie Effect. " They reported a sustained global surge in requests for BRCA genetic testing after the actress wrote about her preventive mastectomy two years ago. Last month, she gave another boost to awareness when she wrote about her recent surgery to remove her ovaries. But raising awareness hasn't necessarily lowered barriers, BRCA experts say. People seeking to identify and manage their inherited cancer risk often confront conflicting, confusing medical guidelines, test options, and insurance coverage.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
TELEVISION HOST, producer and part-time Philly resident Marc Summers revealed on WWMR's Preston and Steve Show yesterday morning that he is a cancer survivor. Summers, best known as the host of Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" and the Food Network's "Unwrapped" (which doesn't even touch on the numerous shows on which he's served as producer), told listeners that he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia five years ago. He was in chemo for two years, yet still went about his daily business, not revealing his diagnosis.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Zinn Jr., 98, of Glen Mills, formerly of Folsom, who installed turbines for Westinghouse Corp. across the globe, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, of prostate cancer at his daughter's home in Media. Called "Jack" by friends, Mr. Zinn was a 1935 graduate of Glen-Nor High School in Glenolden. He volunteered for military service early in 1941 and was accepted into the Army Air Corps during what became World War II later that year. His duties included teaching aerial photography at Lowry Field in Denver, Colo., and participating in a radar technology testing program.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I'm a 32-year-old woman. I met a guy who on our first date told me had prostate cancer, but that doctors had operated on him and he was now cancer free. We had an OK time and he asked me out again. My friend said I shouldn't go out with him because of his medical history. What do you think?   Mia: Sorry, girlfriend, but you're not giving us enough information. Are you saying you're squeamish just because he had cancer? Or are you concerned about his ability to father children, or even just get and maintain an erection?
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
ON YESTERDAY'S Preston and Steve show, longtime WMMR morning host Steve  Morrison revealed that he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Morrison, who missed only three days of work after robotically having his prostate removed, is now cancer-free. "Four or five hours after the surgery, I was walking around," Morrison told me. "The next day I was doing 2 or 3 miles on the treadmill. " Morrison said he decided to go public with his diagnosis because he wanted to raise awareness for the simple tests that could catch prostate cancer in its early stages.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The handsome woolen topcoat my father wore to Mass on Christmas was gray - his favorite color - and flecked with tiny white threads. They look like snow in some of the photos my younger siblings and I inherited from our mother, the archivist and curator of 39 Burnham St. Thanks to Mom's meticulous scrapbooks and photo albums, I have the opportunity, in this second holiday season without her, to revisit Christmases past. Three months old in the blurry image of my first Dec. 25, I'm cradled by two young parents who lost their first baby and gaze at their second with a love I still can feel.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Milken, the long-retired 1980s junk-bond king and now big-time prostate cancer philanthropist, blew into the Wanamaker's Crystal Tea Room on Tuesday evening for one of the city's bigger and faster-growing charitable events. He jets around the nation to about 100 of these events a year, flying into Philadelphia on Tuesday from Dallas and planning to immediately depart Philadelphia for Washington. "I see light at the end of the tunnel," Milken said of cancer cures, adding that he believed philanthropists like those in Philadelphia had to support young scientists as the federal government has curtailed medical-research funding in recent years.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a decade after prostate cancer became the economic driver behind proton beam therapy in the U.S., it still isn't clear that men treated with the technology do better than those who get less costly radiation treatments. That's why expert groups have recently advised against insurance coverage of proton therapy for prostate cancer - and why some private plans are refusing to pay for it. The Catch-22 is that this pullback is hampering a clinical trial co-led by the University of Pennsylvania that would finally settle the question of superiority.
NEWS
September 23, 2014
ISSUE | ISIS CRISIS Can't hold back What Charles Krauthammer calls President Obama's ongoing "reluctance and ambivalence" to fully confront ISIS in Syria and Iraq (or what is now left of those countries) has the potential to create a scenario the left wantonly ignores - that our commander-in-chief may be forced to obliterate these virulent jihadists by finally putting many thousands of American boots on the ground ("All bile all the time," Sept. 18). But by then the ground could well be our own heartland.
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