Category Archives: Men

How A Couple Got Together To Fight Prostate Cancer

You’re leading a happy, healthy life. Why should you be concerned about prostate cancer? My husband, Allan, and I weren’t either, until we received the devastating news from his doctor. Out of town at an antique music box convention, our future appeared uncertain as we clung to each other in shock. But our initial bewilderment and emotion faded as we counted our blessings. His cancer was diagnosed at an early stage. In our opinion, consistent healthy lifestyle choices had delayed this diagnosis more than 10 years.

fpcAllan has been very conscientious about getting regular screenings for prostate cancer, following a healthy diet and exercise program, taking selected supplementation, and not smoking. When he was in the Army, doctors had told him that he was at increased risk for prostate problems because of the surgeries he required then.

Allan explained the

Shaking That Baldness Stigma

If your crowning glory isn’t so glorious anymore, don’t panic. You can look to new and better treatments to give hair loss the heave-ho.

stbsABOUT 40 PERCENT OF WOMEN over 50 suffer the demoralization of thinning hair, according to the American Hair Loss Council. “By the time you’re 50, you have roughly 50 percent of the hair you started with,” says John E. Wolf Jr., M.D., chief of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. While men experience receding hairlines and bald spots, for women it’s diffuse thinning all over the scalp, usually the result of declining estrogen levels and other normal changes of aging. Here’s what to do if you notice a thinning pate:

GET EXPERT HELP See a dermatologist who’s treated plenty of cases of thinning hair. “Women tend to consult a doctor very early, so

A Story About Alopecia

We kept reassuring him that it might grow back. What we didn’t say was that his condition could escalate into a more severe form.

For as long as I could remember, my son, Nick, had been missing a spot of hair about the size of a quarter on the back of his head. I assumed it was some kind of birthmark and never really paid much attention to it. When he was 4, a second spot appeared, so 1 asked our pediatrician about it during a regular checkup. The doctor told me that Nick probably had alopecia areata, something I’d never heard of before. She also said not to worry, because many kids with the condition lose small patches of hair that later grow back for good.

asaaA few months later, not only had his two bald spots not filled