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Prostate Cancer Treatment Offers New Options

Jun 03, 2016 04:30PM ● By Dr. Michael Badanek

Statistics estimate that 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in males, each year in the U.S., and approximately 30,000 will succumb to the disease. The incidence of prostate cancer has increased 300 percent since 1990, partly due to better diagnosis through the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and other non-invasive testing procedures. There is evidence that some of these previously undiscovered cancers, even without treatment, may have never progressed if the patient had been aware of his options.


Men that have a chronic inflammatory disease such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, autoimmune disease or chronic prostate inflammation, coupled with a diet poor in antioxidants and high in inflammation-generating foods, are a much greater risk of developing cancer than those with better health habits. New on the forefront are genetic testing and detoxification and methylation testing for deficiencies in the metabolic pathways predisposing males to benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and prostate cancer.


Certain sexual activity can increase the risk of prostate cancer. Oral sex can be dangerous since it introduces a number of bacteria and viruses into the prostate gland by way of the urethra. This can lead to chronic inflammation of the prostate. Men harbor cancer cells in the prostate gland at rates that increase with age. By age 70, about 70 percent of men will have cancer cells in their prostate gland, even though only one in 13 will actually develop the disease. Most men that have prostate cancer will die of natural causes before dying from the cancer. This is because many prostate cancers grow very slowly and rarely metastasize. Proper nutrition may be the key.


A growing number of studies show that improving nutrition along with the addition of special nutrients can dramatically reduce risk. Even highly aggressive prostate cancers can be changed into less dangerous, slow-growing cancers. In experimental studies, some cancers were completely eliminated. What few physicians and even oncologists understand is that inflammation and free-radical production can change a relatively slow-growing prostate cancer into a highly malignant one with a poorer prognosis.


After examining the diets of 28 countries, one study found that the most common link to prostate cancer was the consumption of milk, especially non-fat milk. More than two-thirds of cases were attributed to milk consumption. The reason appears to be high amounts of calcium, because taking calcium supplements also dramatically increased risk. Other studies have shown that diets containing more than 2,000 milligrams of calcium a day from all sources dramatically increases the number of advanced prostate cancers when compared to diets containing fewer than 500 milligrams.


There are two reasons for this: 1) calcium promotes the growth and spread of cancer directly; and 2) it can lower vitamin D3 levels. Supplements of vitamin D3 (2,000 IU a day) seem to reduce the risk caused by increased calcium. Vitamin D3 deficiencies are much more common in men with prostate cancer, which correlates with the lack of sun exposure at this age. Recent studies have shown that only vitamin D3 is effective, which can be purchased as a supplement.


Men suspecting prostate cancer or that have a familial history of the disease have many options in the differential diagnosis of this dreaded condition, and one of the most invasive forms is the biopsy. The prostate cancer is encapsulated in the form of a tumor. With traditional needle biopsy, we are rupturing the capsule in which the cancer is enclosed and therefore allowing the spread of the disease to other areas of the body. Today, many new procedures can determine the presence of prostate cancer without breaking down the wall of the tumor (biofilm) and therefore opening up the avenue for spread (metastasis).


Contact Michael Badanek, DC, located at 3391 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ste. B, in Ocala, at 352-622-1151 or

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