The HOXB13 gene identified as a prostate cancer predictor
A news release from Johns Hopkins on January 11, 2012, reported that researchers have identified the HOXB13 gene mutation as a predictor of prostate cancer development.
You can read the full news release at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_120695.html
How can this discovery help?
If you can afford it, it might be worth exploring the possibility of having the test done. Men who discover they have the gene then could take lifestyle measures to prevent the actual development of the disease, such as dietary modification as suggested in The China Study.
But, what if you can’t afford genetic testing?
It’s not perfect, but the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test still is the best tool to early detection of prostate cancer.
Although I am not a medical doctor and can not and do not provide medical advice, I believe that we men should begin testing annually for prostate cancer at age 35.
Just like women know they need an annual PAP smear and mammogram, we guys need a PSA test to see if our risk is increasing.
How can I track my PSA results?
Beginning in April 2012, men will be able to track this information online at www.ProstateTracker.org and receive an email reminder when their next test is due.
Follow this site for information on how to create your free ProstateTracker account.