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Date:5/4/2010

to do what you can to decrease your chance of diabetes, cardiovascular disease. This has to do with diet, keeping your weight down," Soloway said.

For Stone, the toughest part is striking a balance between cancer risk and risks from the number one killer of men, heart disease. "It doesn't make much sense to try and treat their prostate cancer and prevent them from dying from prostate cancer if we are going to increase their risk of them dying from heart disease," he reasoned.

Once patients understand that, Stone hopes they will be motivated to watch their diet and exercise.

In the meantime, men should not stop taking their hormone therapy, but do everything they can to reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes with lifestyle changes, he said.

"There is always a price you pay for medications," Stone said. "But if we're aware of the consequences of taking the medication, then we can deal with that."

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For more information on prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.



SOURCES: Mark Soloway, M.D., professor and chair, urology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Nelson Neal Stone, M.D., clinical professor, urology and radiation oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City


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