Episode 72: Real Talk on Men’s Health Part 3


Episode Summary:

The latest podcast episode wraps up the ‘Real Talk on Men’s Health’ series with two informative presentations. The first part emphasizes the early detection of Prostate and Testicular Cancers, offering crucial information. The second presentation delves into new treatments for obesity, including insights on Obesity, Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome.

The previous episode, aired on October 25, focused on two important men’s health topics: managing Cardiovascular Disease and understanding Prostate Enlargement. It provided listeners with detailed information and guidance for managing these health issues effectively, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in men’s health.

You may find the first part of the series here:

Episode 70: Part 1
Episode 71: Part 2


Men’s Cancers: Early Detection for Prostate and Testicular Cancers

Yaw A. Nyame, MD, MS, MBA Deputy Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Fred Hutch Cancer Center Assistant Professor, Department of Urology and Fred Hutch Cancer Center, University of Washington

Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes & Obesity: Updates in Management & Medications

JOSHUA THALER, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology and Nutrition, University of Washington School of Medicine UW Medicine Diabetes Institute

During This Episode, We Discuss:

Prostate and Testicular Anatomy and Function

Statistics on Prostate Cancer Cases and Deaths in 2023 and Trends Over Time

  • The alarming increase in the incidence of Prostate Cancer and explanations for this trend

Prostate Cancer Screening: Considerations of Benefits and Harms

  • Early detection of Prostate Cancer: The role of PSA in screening
  • A review of the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on Prostate Cancer screening
  • A review of essential data from clinical trials of screening

Testicular Cancer Detection

  • How to perform a Testicular self-exam
  • Statistics on Testicular Cancer
  • Cure rates for Testicular Cancer
  • The importance of de-stigmatizing conversations about the testes and genitalia


“1 in 8 men in the United States will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. For those in high-risk groups, such as individuals with a family history of prostate, breast, ovarian, or colon cancer, or those of African American ancestry, the risk is more like 1 in 6 over a lifetime.”

Dr. Yaw Nyame

“When considering early detection, which is the time from cancer development to diagnosis, who should have testing? Men aged 55-70 of average risk should probably get a PSA test every other year, assuming a normal and stable PSA. Those in a high-risk population should start screening between ages 40 and 45.”

                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Yaw Nyame

The relationship between BMI and mortality is controversial. Obesity rates have increased from 10-20% of the population to 30-40% over the last few decades. Up to 50% of obesity has a genetic component. The fat mass, not the weight itself, is defended. Fat secretes proteins and signals communicating with the brain’s thermostat, indicating what’s happening. The brain can raise your burn rate and lower your appetite, or the opposite occurs when you try to lose weight; it can decrease your burn rate and increase your appetite.”

Dr. Josh Thaler

Recommended Resources:

Prostate and Testicular Cancer: See Episodes 10 and 12
Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, and Obesity: See Episodes 27 and 62

Episode 62

Episode 27

Episode 12

Episode 10

Episode Transcript:

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