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I’m Marc’s Prostate

Like more than 200,000 American men annually I was diagnosed recently with prostate cancer. Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer in the most commonly occurring cancer among American men. The disease claimed more than 28,000 lives in 2009, the last year for which we have the most complete figures. There is almost truth to the line I’ve heard and now use myself – “if you live long enough, I’ll get prostate cancer.” Prostate cancer is indeed widespread and it takes a particular gruesome toll among African-American men. My case – special to me, for sure – nonetheless seems fairly typical in many ways/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.

Question: A neighbor is recuperating at home for prostate surgery. Do you know anyone who is being treated for prostate cancer?

Mustachioed Men Show Solidarity

Movember is upon us, beginning this Tuesday. No, NOT just November, MOvember, baby. In the US, in Europe and even down under in Australia. Mustache time, pardner…. to fight prostate cancer in men. In anticipation of last week's post of the 130th anniversary of the Earp brothers historic gunfight, I found myself inundated by mustaches from the 19th Century and Hollywood. Huge things. Huge hairy 'staches of Wyatt and Virgil and Morgan … as well as a pencil thin one from Doc Holliday. It caused me to reminisce. See, 35+ years ago I grew out “The 'stache that NEVER quit growing.” And I kept it, for the most part/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

Question (for men): Have you ever worn a mustache? Or (for women): Do you like to see men wearing mustaches?

Good news for bald dudes

Shaving the head can disguise balding and make a bold statement that plays up facial features.

A receding hairline can be a good thing, according to US scientists, who say men who go bald by 30 appear to be less likely to develop prostate cancer. Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine studied 2,000 men aged between 40 and 47. They were able to link high levels of the male hormone testosterone in those who lose their hair earlier with a lower risk of tumours. More here.

How worried are you about hair loss?

Dennis Hopper under treatment for prostate cancer…

Good morning, Netizens…

[Portions from the AP news wire and AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen, Ap Entertainment Writer Thu Oct 29, 10:55 pm ET]

LOS ANGELES – Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is canceling all travel plans to focus on treatment, his manager said Thursday.

The 73-year-old actor and artist is being treated through a “special program” at the University of Southern California, said Sam Maydew.

Asked about Hopper’s prognosis, Maydew said, “We’re hoping for the best.” He would not elaborate on the actor’s condition.

Perhaps best-remembered for his role in “Easy Rider”, Hopper recently finished shooting the second season of “Crash,” a TV version of the Oscar-winning 2004 film. He plays maniacal music producer Ben Cendars on the series, which airs on the Starz network. Hopper also has several film projects in the works.

Nobody ever dreamed how popular Hopper would become when he and Peter Fonda finished filming the low-budget film “Easy Rider”, however.

Dave