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You're right and we're talking about prostate cancer. Did you know an astounding one in six men have prostate cancer? Nearly two hundred thousand men in the U.S will get it this year and thirty thousand will die.

The risk really escalates when you hit sixty but if you have a family history of it or if you're of African American descent, your risk is also higher.

The prostate is in front of the rectum and under the bladder. It surrounds the urethra, a tube through which urine flows. The prostate produces the fluid that helps move sperm out of the man's body during ejaculation.

With age, the prostate, which is normally the size of a walnut can grow larger and squeeze the urethra making it difficult to urinate. It may also indicate the presence of cancer.

Traditional treatments can involve surgery and radiation but a new therapy on the horizon does neither.

Scientists have developed a new agent called VN/14-1. It affects something called retinoic acid which is important in maintaining normal cell growth. Prostate cancer cells have abnormally low levels of retinoic acid so what VN/14-1 does is keep the compound from breaking down.

Normal levels of retinoic acid slows the multiplication of cancer cells and causes them to die. In the lab, daily injections of VN/14-1 into mice with human prostate cancer resulted in a 50 percent reduction in tumor size.

That's very promising.

If the side effects are few, we may see more patients seeking treatment. Since they can live with the cancer for years, many choose not to undergo traditional treatment like radiation which lowers quality of life.

The new therapy may give them added years without the painful treatments.

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Science Daily reported on the publication of tests of VN/14-1 that showed that this novel compound that blocks the breakdown of retinoic acid slowed the growth of prostate tumors. This new drug did so by causing tumor cells to differentiate into a non -cancerous form and drives them to die.
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Here is the link to the original research publication describing VN/14-1.

It has also been reported to be effective against breast cancer cells.
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The National Cancer Institute has a comprehensive website with information about prostate cancer. It includes a booklet and information about all aspect of prostate cancer including treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, clinical trials and information about the ongoing research into causes and therapies.
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The American Academy of Family Physicians outlines prostate cancer treatment options.

MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.. MedlinePlus has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news. It has an excellent and very complete web page about prostate cancer.
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