The Prostate Health Program: A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer

Daniel W. Nixon, Author, Max Gomez, Author
Daniel W. Nixon, Author, Max Gomez, Author Free Press $26 (360p) ISBN 978-0-7432-5348-2
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Not asking for directions, not going to the doctor: sometimes it's just a guy thing--and prostate disease is definitely that. According to the authors, it is""the single most prevalent problem in men's health. Eight in ten men will eventually develop an enlarged prostate and one in ten will be diagnosed with prostate cancer."" In this comprehensive guide, Nixon, the president of the Institute for Cancer Prevention, and Gomez, an Emmy-winning health commentator for NBC-TV, argue that a prevention regimen is the most effective course to take, both before and after a diagnosis. Diet and lifestyle changes can prevent cancer, they write, and,""in the war against prostate cancer, there is no greater weapon than nutrition."" The authors advise men to avoid the Atkins frenzy (""a cancer-promoting diet"") and to eliminate poor eating habits one at a time using the Institute's extensive Prostate Health Pyramid and Transition Diet. Nixon and Gomez also detail the benign, although troublesome, prostate diseases of enlarged prostate and prostatitis. At times, their text can be dry and dense, especially when they describe the disease's intricacies. The many useful sidebars, however, highlight, clarify and condense important points, and a symptom and treatment chart should help answer most questions. Most significantly, the authors expose the disease as a health crisis for African-American men, who have the highest prostate cancer rate in the world.
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