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A 38-year-old member asked:

could it be right that pumpkin seed can cure enlarged prostate, ?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Yes It Is True: Pumpkin seeds contain compound called phytosterols which may help shrink enlarged prostate they also contain chemical that may prevent some conversion of testosterone into dht(dihydrotestosterone).High level of Dht are associated with enlarged prostate you need to consume 1oz of shelled pumpkin seeds three times a day.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

If testosterone levels are low, can this cause prostatic carcinoma?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
No: We used to think that testosterone caused prostate cancer, there is no evidence that normal or low levels are associated with increased risk. However, low levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, bone loss, loss of muscle, increased fat accumulation, moodiness and a lower feeling of well being. Men with prostate cancer may be treated with medication to lower testosterone.
Dr. Jesse Mills
Dr. Jesse Mills commented
Urology 20 years experience
Recent study from France shows men with low Testosterone do have a higher incidence of prostate cancer and it's more aggressive.
Nov 5, 2011
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
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Association is not causation. Men with chronic stress, illness or depression tend to have lower testosterone. If low testosterone 'caused' prostate cancer then testosterone should prevent prostate cancer. There is no evidence for this.
Nov 5, 2011
Dr. Kenneth Pienta
Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
There is not enough evidence either way at the moment
Nov 20, 2011
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is prostate cancer among men in the united states?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Most common: It is the most common male cancer in the United States, excluding skin cancer. There is approximately 200, 000 new cases per year diagnosed. But fortunately, it is not the deadliest.
Dr. Robert Donato
Urology 25 years experience
Just the second most deadliest.
Feb 3, 2012
A 21-year-old member asked:

What tests are available for men who have prostate problems?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Several: Mostly depends on the kind of problem, but in general urine analysis, sperm analysis, ultra sound of the prostate, biopsy, sometime giving a med can be a test as well as a potential help. Please understand these tests are only done when indicated!
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is rectal bleeding associated with prostate cancer?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the stage of the prostate cancer, rectal bleeding can be present. However, if it an early stage prostate cancer, rectal bleeding is generally not associated with prostate cancer. Also, previous radiation treatment for prostate cancer may cause rectal inflammation and cause subsequent rectal bleeding but this generally resolves over time.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Generally, it is an uncommon symptom for prostate cancer. It is more frequent in rectal and some lower colon cancers.
Jul 24, 2012
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it a problem if my doctor uses psa (protein specific antigen) tests instead of a digital rectal exam for the prostate?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
No: Prostate specific antigen (not protein) is a very sensitive marker of prostate function. It very frequently will be elevated before any abnormality is detected by digital rectal exam. However, nothing beats a good clinician being able to feel something on exam. So, really, the two work together to achieve the best results.

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