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Screening ‘significantly reduces deaths from prostate cancer’


The long-running European Randomised Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) last week published its 11-year follow-up results, which add weight to their original findings by confirming that screening does significantly reduce deaths from prostate cancer.


The real impact of mass prostate cancer screening


New research from the US has produced evidence that annual prostate cancer screening does not translate into a reduction in the amount of deaths from the disease, even among men in their 50s and 60s and those with underlying health conditions.


Breakthrough for male infertility


In couples who face fertility problems, the problem is linked to the potential father in about 40 per cent of cases. In roughly a quarter of cases, a specific cause is unknown.


When to test for HIV


Ireland fared better than many other European countries in a recent men’s sexual health survey, but more HIV testing is still needed.

Last year, figures released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) showed a dramatic rise in numbers of men who have sex with men (MSM) who were diagnosed with HIV. Dr Shay Keating, sexual health specialist and GP, told IMN that one in two gay men in Ireland don’t get tested for HIV, and never have. The HPSC data showed there was a 42 per cent increase in numbers of MSM who were diagnosed with HIV from 2008 to 2009, increasing from 97 to 138 cases in 12 months.


The management of lower urinary tract symptoms in men

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The term lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) is an umbrella term that was introduced  15 years ago in order to dispel the popular perception that urinary symptoms in the male invariably arise from the prostate.

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