Prostat Cancer Contributed to Charlton Heston's Death

Charlton Heston with prostate cancer

Charlton Heston is one of the most famous men in cinema. The actor, who got his big break in the early 1950s with hits like ‘Marc Antony’ and ‘The Ten Commandments’, helped shape the landscape of modern cinema. Some of his most successful movies include ‘Ben-Hur’, ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ and he is considered one of the most important actors in Hollywood’s history.

His career, however, stretched far beyond Tinsel Town and the world of glitz and glamor. His full-time days of acting over, Heston became interested in politics and was a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association [NRA]. He eventually became more conservative was sworn in as the President of the NRA in 1998 until he retired in 2003 after being diagnosed with symptoms related to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Charlton Heston and the NRA

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder and the most common form of dementia. It is far more serious than just losing memory – it is a progressively deteriorating and fatal brain disease. Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells and is utterly degenerative leading to a total breakdown of memory, motor skills and brain functions. Where once sufferers could perform simple daily tasks with ease they become unable to do so.

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Heston’s condition worsened and a few weeks before his death in April 2008, it was reported that he had reached the final stages of Alzheimer’s.

Charlton Heston

The actor and gun lover also battled with prostate cancer in 1998, and after receiving radiation therapy, was declared cancer free in 2000. It was then, after his ordeal with the illness that he realized he had an alcohol problem and sought treatment at a Utah rehab clinic for alcoholism.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Prostate Cancer Episode

Andrew Lloyd Webber overcame prostate cancer but was left impotent by the surgical procedures

Andrew Lloyd Webber, famous composer and the brains behind no less than 13 successful musicals including Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Starlight Express, is celebrated worldwide and his stageshows are revered across the globe.

The British-born composer and producer, who penned his first piece at the age of nine, has received countless awards, including an Oscar, seven Tony Awards and three Grammy Awards for works such as ‘Jesus Christ: Superstar’.

But in 2010 Llloyd Webber’s spokespeople released a written statement confirming the producer was suffering from prostate cancer which read as follows: “The condition is in its very early stages. Andrew is now undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work before the end of the year.”

At the time, Lloyd Webber was releasing the long-awaited sequel to ‘Phantom of the Opera’, entitled ‘Phantom: Love Never Dies’ 2010. He began writing the story in 1990 but it wasn’t until 2007 that he started working on the music for the show.

Andrew Lloyd Webber during the 1970s

The composer, born 22nd March, 1948, had a short stay in hospital, receiving initial treatment for prostate cancer but complications arose over time. Webber was keen to explore alternative therapies to treat the cancer but succumbed to doctor’s wishes after they advised that a prostatectomy would almost guarantee a 100% success.

The surgery was successful and Webber made a full recovery but has since resigned himself to a life without sex due to impotence caused by the operation.

Andrew Lloyd Webber in better health after his cancer scare

The prostate is a gland located in the male reproductive system, in between the bladder and the rectum. Prostate literally stands for “the guardian” and its primary function is to help make and store seminal fluid in addition to producing an alkaline secretion that is ejaculated with semen.

Prostate cancer is when the cells of the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably, and typically affects men over the age of 50.

Dennis Hopper dies of Prostate Cancer

Dennis Hopper; artist, photographer and noted actor

Veteran actor and artist Dennis Hopper was been diagnosed with prostate cancer and his manager, Sam Maydew, confirmed the 73-year-old was cancelling all appearances to undergo what he called a “special program” at the University of Southern California.

We’re hoping for the best,” Maydew said, without going into further details about the actor’s condition.

The prostate is a gland located in the male reproductive system, in between the bladder and the rectum. Prostate cancer occurs when the cells of the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably. Like many other cancers, the early stages of prostate cancer are virtually undetectable.

Dennis Hopper in cult flick 'Easy Rider'

The star of ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Rumble Fish’, was a well-established name in Hollywood and the respected actor appeared in over 200 movie or television programs in his capacity as an actor and director. But his talents didn’t end with films as he was also a celebrated painter and photographer.

Her was due to appear in Melbourne, Australia, for the installation and launch of an exhibition at the time of the announcement but had to cancel so he could receive treatment for prostate cancer instead.

His battle with prostate cancer lasted for 10 years but his representatives only publicly announced that Dennis was ill in October 2009; the logical response to leaked images of Hopper on his way to hospital amid a mass of tubes and drips.

His family members said that the cancer had spread to other organs in the body and doctors had been unable to stem its growth.

Dennis Hopper and wife Daria Halprin - Farewell to an artist

His private life hit the headlines around that time too when his protracted and ugly divorce from his fifth wife, Victoria, was splashed all over the news.

Throughout that saga he quietly battled his illness although it is unclear which methods he used to fight the spread of the cancer.

It was in 2010 that Hopper’s health became visibly worse and dramatic weight loss accentuated his plight. In the early months of the year his lawyer stated that Dennis was too ill to receive further chemotherapy.

He passed away at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family at the age of 74.

Robert De Niro won battle with prostate cancer

The unmistakeable Robert De Niro

Revered actor, Rober De Niro, discovered that he had prostate cancer in October 2003 after a regular health check at his doctor’s. The Raging Bull star’s prognosis looked good from the beginning, his doctors praising his efforts to keep in good health, both physically and mentally.

His representative, Stan Rosenfield, stated back then: “Doctors say the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular check-ups. Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery.”

Though declining to comment on the then 60-year-old’s condition or course of treatment, Rosenfield did say that the actor was undeterred by the disease and fully intended to press ahead with filming his new movie Hide and Seek.

Obviously, things will need to be postponed a little bit.” Was the follow up comment from the De Niro camp.

Robert De Niro in his younger days

Robert De Niro in his younger days

The actor made a full recovery after a course of treatment and some minor surgery but out of the 221,000 men diagnosed with the disease in the US every year, 29,000 are not so lucky. The disease has also been said to raise the risk of committing suicide.

Though saved by his doctors the multiple Academy Award winner isn’t keen on any form of unnecessary surgery. He recently and wisely called upon his contemporaries to steer away from cosmetic surgery and allow the natural ageing process to occur instead. He commended actress Meryl Streep for not going under the knife and told Britain’s The Times magazine that he would not have any procedures himself.

De Niro told the publication: “(Surgery) is so transparent. If you’re doing a younger part in a story, say 15, 20 years younger, the audience will accept that, and you can do it in a very real way. But to do it for yourself? I was reading something about Meryl Streep, and Meryl was describing how she doesn’t do any of that stuff, and that’s great. Getting old is a natural thing. And you’d better embrace it, ‘cos you’ve got no choice.“

Andrew Lloyd Webber diagnosed with prostate cancer

Andrew Lloyd Webber

The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is responsible for such stage musicals as Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Starlight Express and Jesus Christ Superstar has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The British-born composer and producer, who is said to have composed his first musical piece at the age of nine, has received many awards, including an Oscar, seven Tony Awards and three Grammys.

“The condition is in its very early stages. Andrew is now undergoing treatment and expects to be fully back at work before the end of the year,” according to a statement.

The composer is in the process of producing a sequel to perhaps his most famous work ‘Phantom of the Opera’, which will be called ‘Phantom: Love Never Dies’, rehearsals for which will begin at the end of this year.

Lloyd Webber is reportedly currently in hospital, receiving initial treatment for cancer of the prostate, which is a gland located in the male reproductive system situated between the bladder and the rectum.  Prostate cancer is when the cells of the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably, and typically affects men over the age of 50.

Other celebrities who have suffered this type of cancer include Jeff Jarvis, James Brown, Charlton Heston and Dennis Hopper.

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Warren Buffet's Prostate Cancer Statement a Smokescreen?

 

 

Warren Buffett, the man with a name like a fundraiser in a rabbit’s home, has announced to the world that he has early-stage but not life-threatening prostate cancer.

Buffett made the press release yesterday, 17thApril, and has all but dismissed the illness. As the CEO of Berkshire Hathawayit’s understandable that he has drive and guts as verified by his statement in which he said, “I feel great—as if I were in my normal excellent health—and my energy level is 100 percent.”

That’s all well and good for a man of 80 years and like most men around his age group he is probably more likely to die with prostate cancer than as a result of it.

In fact, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association around 80 percent of men aged 80 have some level of cancerous cells in their prostate gland but do not develop full blown, life-threatening cancer.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Buffett’s admission is that admission itself. He is a man who deals at a very high level and is constantly under the microscope. Speculation is rife that the press release is a cover for a worse degree of illness and that by stating everything is fine he creates an environment of safety for his stock – something that Steve Jobs’ much publicised cancer battle didn’t immediately accomplish for Apple.

Warren Buffett gives prostate cancer the finger

Warren Buffett gives prostate cancer the finger

 

Some news outlets are stating that Warren Buffett wouldn’t be able to undergo radiation therapy without somebody noticing and if he controls the news from his end then he can go some way to quashing rumours about the extent of his illness.

Warren Buffett’s case, whatever the truth of it may be, goes a long way to highlighting a sadder truth about the world we live in where a man’s health is less important that the satisfaction of those investing in his stock. As for the man himself, he is impudent in his defiance that death is knocking and indeed said that he believes his shaking of the mortal coil is “a long way off.”

For the rest of us that remains to be seen but Buffett’s positivity is admirable and the truth, as always, will only become evident after the story has closed its final chapter.

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New test for prostate cancer still not as effective as a raw vegan diet

A new experimental test is hoped to have a significant effect on the process of identifying which patients with prostate cancer need more aggressive treatment.

Doctors currently have an 84% accuracy rate in establishing whether a given subject’s cancer will become life threatening (deadly), although once a successful tumour diagnosis is made physicians still have no reliable way of knowing which cases will become potentially lethal, therefore they have to make difficult decisions over monitoring, radiotherapy or surgery.

Raw vegan chocolate cake or prostate cancer? Hmmm.

Surgery on the prostate can leave the patient incontinent or impotent, and radiation has the same effect but with the added potential for hair loss and other ‘radioactive’ related sicknesses.

The resulting problem is overtreatment, and according to Ronald DePinho of the Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston, around 48 men are treated for every life saved. That is a staggering waste of resources by anybody’s standards.

To counter these problems DePinho and his colleagues have devised a test which according to their data can help doctors give more accurate diagnoses. Published in Wednesday’s online edition of the journal, Nature, the scientists’ results showed that through their test the accuracy score went up to 91%.

The results came after tests on mice identified four genes which, when combined in activity can drive prostate cancer towards becoming deadly.

They then verified the tests validity by applying them to human tumour samples.

While the research is a breakthrough and will come as good news to individuals suffering with prostate cancer or tumours, there is an alternative to aggressive radiation treatment or surgery.

In his book, The China Study, T. Colin Campbell lifts the lid on the food and pharmaceutical industries which perpetuate their business through constant propaganda.

Campbell was heavily involved in scientific research into food studies, and his findings led to him realise that a plant based diet can not only reduce the risk of cancer developing in the body, but can actually reverse the progress of the disease.

The reason most people don’t know about his findings is because they accept the word of their doctor who is undoubtedly sponsored by the world domineering food industry and ‘big pharma’ corporations, and they would lose vast sums of money if their continual development of anti-this-or-that medications halted, all of which is funded by millions of tax payer’s dollars every year.

Raw veganism has been used to successfully cure diabetes and cancer, and it also eliminates obesity. On a meat diet the body consumes too much protein which can activate and stimulate cancer growth in the human body.

[adsense]Campbell first discovered evidence of this when he worked in the Philippines trying to solve problems with starvation. He found that rich families were living on high meat content diets because they could afford to do so, and while the poor had to live on reduced protein intake, the majority of illness cases that led to cancer occurred in the rich families’ children.

After 40 years of research and exploration into the subject he established that by consuming raw, whole foods, the body could in fact turn off the cancer gene, but not only that, as on a raw diet the body was able to reverse degenerative illnesses like diabetes and asthma, completely curing both in many cases.

Given the choice between eating good, wholesome and tasty food which strengthens the body and eradicates diseases, or being subjected to months of sickening radiation treatment, just about everyone with sense would surely choose the former.

Please share your thoughts or experiences with prostate cancer, its treatment or raw food diets by leaving a comment.

Read more about how Oprah Winfrey is trying a raw vegan diet, raw food vs. diabetes in pregnant women, the raw food diet, smoothies and ultra-healthy detoxes.

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Dennis Hopper loses battle with cancer

‘Easy Rider’ star and general Hollywood legend Dennis Hopper passed away at his home yesterday after battling prostate cancer for 10 years. The actor’s representatives only announced to the media that Dennis was ill in October 2009, after published images of Dennis being rushed to hospital a month prior, with tubes all over his body, made headlines.

According to PEOPLE, Dennis’ family members told the magazine the cancer had spread to other organs in the body.

A very ill Dennis Hopper was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

While Dennis’ personal life has made headlines recently, including his bitter divorce battle from current (and fifth) wife, Victoria, not much is known about his illness or how he has chosen to combat it. Dennis began to lose weight in early 2010, with his lawyer reporting Dennis was terminally ill and unable to undergo chemotherapy in March.

We’re told Dennis passed away in his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family. He was 74 years old.

Other celebrities who died this year include Gary Coleman.

Other celebrities who have battled prostate cancer include Robert DeNiro,  Andrew Lloyd Weber and Charlton Heston.

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Prostrate cancer in the family may increase chances of the disease in men

A recently conducted study has revealed that men who have a family history of prostate cancer are at increased risk of developing the disease. According to www.scienceblog.com, scientists at the DKFZ research institute conducted the research study on about 26,651 patients out of which 5,623 patients were from the families where the prostate had been found before among the close relatives. The data had been attained by the scientists from the Swedish National Family Cancer Database which had a collected data from the year 2958 to 2006, incorporating cancer reports of several generations.

As per www.physorg.com, patients up to 65 years of age having 3 affected brothers with the disease were found to be at 23 times at increased risk of prostate cancer while men in the age group of 65 to 74 years with affected fathers were at 1.8 times increased risk of the disease. The team of researchers also analyzed the mortality rate of the cancer with regard to the rate of affected family associates. It was found that close relation with the affected person increases the chances of death from the cancer.  “Our results provide a good guidance for doctors. If a man has several affected relatives who may even have been diagnosed at a young age, then his personal risk is substantially increased. In this case, a family doctor should urgently recommend having an early detection examination,” said Kari Hemminki, study head.

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer include Dennis Hopper, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charlton Heston and Jeff Jarvis.

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Robert De Niro survived prostate cancer

Acclaimed actor Rober De Niro found out he had prostate cancer in October 2003 after a regular check-up. The Raging Bull star’s prognosis looked good from the beginning, as doctors praised his efforts to keep in good health.

According to People magazine, his representative, Stan Rosenfield, stated back then: “Doctors say the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular checkups. Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery.”

Though declining to comment on the then 60-year-old’s condition or course of treatment, Rosenfield did say that the actor still intended to film his new movie Hide and Seek.

He added, however: “Obviously, things will need to be postponed a little bit.”

Robert De Niro defeated prostate cancer

Thankfully, Robert De Niro made a full recovery after a course of treatment and some surgery. But out of the 221,000 men diagnosed with the disease in the US every year, 29,000 are not so lucky, People magazine claims. The disease has also been said to raise the risk of committing suicide.

Though saved by doctors, the multiple Academy Award winner is not a fan of unnecessary surgery. He recently called upon his contemporaries to shun cosmetic surgery and allow the natural aging process to take place. He commended actress Meryl Streep for not going under the knife and told Britain’s The Times magazine that he would not have any procedures himself, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

De Niro told the publication: “(Surgery) is so transparent. If you’re doing a younger part in a story, say 15, 20 years younger, the audience will accept that, and you can do it in a very real way. But to do it for yourself? I was reading something about Meryl Streep, and Meryl was describing how she doesn’t do any of that stuff, and that’s great. Getting old is a natural thing. And you’d better embrace it, ‘cos you’ve got no choice.“

Other celebrities who have suffered from prostate cancer include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dennis Hopper, Charlton Heston and Jeff Jarvis.

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