Embrace of aging examines male perspective of getting old

Tune in Sundays as the documentary looks at heart disease, diabetes, weight, relationships and man caves

Embrace_Men (2)The process of growing old. We all face it — if we’re lucky. We all fear it. Some do it gracefully, and some are not so lucky. What’s the secret to aging and doing it well? Is it genetics, attitude, environment, diet, love, or an active lifestyle – perhaps all of these?

Dr. Kim Eagle joins the conversation as the PBS TV series “The Embrace of Aging” follows the personal stories of men at various ages and stages of their lives. “You cannot beat it. You have to just do it,” Eagle says in the series that examines heart disease, prostate cancer, weight gain, relationships, exercise and man caves.

Eagle cared for coaching legend Bo Schembechler during his battle with heart disease, a disease progression that Eagle says “played out … like a football game.”  

The film promises to be an in-depth documentary that will traverse the world to discover how men from diverse environments and of different cultures face the inevitable. How do they embrace aging? Continue reading

Researchers find first major gene mutation associated with hereditary prostate cancer risk

After a 20-year quest to find a genetic driver for prostate cancer that strikes men at younger ages and runs in families, researchers have identified a rare, inherited mutation linked to a significantly higher risk of the disease.

Kathleen Cooney, M.D.

Kathleen Cooney, M.D.

A report on the discovery, published in the January 12, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, was led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Health System. The research team found that men who inherit this mutation have a 10 to 20 times higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

While accounting for only a small fraction of all prostate cancer cases, the discovery may provide important clues about how this common cancer develops and help to identify a subset of men who might benefit from additional or earlier screening. This year, an estimated 240,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“This is the first major genetic variant associated with inherited prostate cancer,” says Kathleen A. Cooney, M.D., professor of internal medicine and urology at the U-M Medical School, one of the study’s two senior authors. Continue reading

Men: Are you stubborn about your health?

Drive along I-94 or any other major interstate and you’re likely to encounter a bright, red billboard stating: “This year thousands of men will die from stubbornness.” According to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the agency responsible for the billboards, men are 24% less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year. June is Men’s Health Awareness Month, so to help men get the information they need about preventive screening for cancer–a key part of any annual health regimen–the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has put together an online guide.

Visit the guide to learn about current guidelines for prostate, colorectal, lung and skin cancer screenings as well as to link to more resources about men’s health.