From Publishers Weekly
Not asking for directions, not going to the doctor: sometimes its just a guy thingand prostate disease is definitely that. According to the authors, it is "the single most prevalent problem in mens 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 Institutes 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 diseases 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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About the Author
Daniel W. Nixon, M.D.
, is the president of the Institute for Cancer Prevention and the editor-in-chief of the journal Preventive Medicine
. Formerly the associate director for Cancer Control and Prevention at the Medical University of South Carolina/Hollings Center, Dr. Nixon has written dozens of scholarly papers and is the author of The Cancer Recovery Eating Plan: The Right Foods to Help Fuel Your Recovery
. He lives in New York City.