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PROSTATE
CANCER

TRUE OR FALSE

Sleep apnea is dangerous.

TRUE. Sleep apnea-when a person's breathing pauses five to 30 times per hour during
sleep-is closely linked with high blood pressure
and heart disease. The interrupted breathing
prevents restful sleep and stresses the body.
Treatment is available, so if you suspect sleep
apnea, seek medical advice to avoid negative
effects on your overall health.

11.6
PERCENT

of men will receive
a prostate cancer
diagnosis in
their lifetime.

98.6
PERCENT

survive for at least
five years after
diagnosis.

FLU SHOT
WITHOUT
THE SHOT
Hate needles and the flu? We
have promising news.
Researchers have developed
a flu vaccine patch that allows
the recipient to skip the injection but still reap the benefits.
A recent study funded by the
National Institutes of Health
showed that the patch-which
contains dissolving microneedles-produced similar
protection against influenza
as injection with the vaccine.
If the method is developed,
it could boost immunization
rates, which are around 40
percent for American adults.
The patch will undergo further
clinical testing.

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PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES

CIRRHOSIS LINKED
TO STROKE
People with cirrhosis might be more likely to suffer a
stroke, according to a recent study published in JAMA
Neurology. Researchers tracked years' worth of data
for 1.6 million Medicare patients older than 66. They
found that the average yearly rate of stroke doubled
for those with cirrhosis, a stiffening of liver tissue linked
to excessive alcohol consumption. Two percent of
those with cirrhosis suffered a stroke, compared with
1 percent of those who did not have the liver disease.
Researchers said cirrhosis does not necessarily
cause strokes, but it could impair blood clotting or
aggravate heart risk factors.

is the median age
at diagnosis, though
younger men
can have prostate
cancer, too.

MORE THAN

3 million
men are living with
prostate cancer
in the U.S.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, National Cancer
Institute

SPRING 2018

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