Statistics from the United Kingdom point to a surprising reversal in death rates with fatalities that occur more frequently from prostate cancer than from breast cancer. An expert in the field of robotic prostate surgery, Dr. David Samadi serves as Chair of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He notes the biological similarities between the male and female organs where the two most invasive cancers occur and recommends ways that men can prevent getting prostate cancer.
Meeting Early Challenges
After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, youthful David Samadi left his Persian Jewish community at age 15 along with his younger brother to pursue their education. Their journey took them first to Belgium and then to London and eventually to the United States where he attended high school in in Roslyn, New York. As a student at Stony Brook University, David Samadi received a full scholarship and earned a degree in biochemistry as a foundation for his career in medicine.
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Preparing to Help Others
At S.U.N.Y’s Stony Brook School of Medicine, he earned his degree in 1994 and received postgraduate training at Montefiore Medical Center in the field of urology. At Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he received postgraduate training in proctology, returning to Montefiore Medical Center by 2000. At New York’s Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. David Samadi completed a fellowship in oncology the following year. His interest focused on robotic radical prostatectomy during his fellowship under the guidance of Professor Claude Abbou at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France. Now a board-certified urologic oncologist with training in traditional as well as laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Samadi performs expert robotic prostate surgery. His distinguished reputation as one of the most outstanding surgeons in the field rests in part on his remarkable accomplishments in the early detection, skilled diagnosis and effective treatment of prostate cancer.
Facing an Increasingly Serious Problem
With his superior training and his experience in confronting cancer, he views the statistics from the UK with interest. The occurrence of prostate cancer on a more frequent basis than breast cancer raises an issue that motivates Dr. Samadi. He regards the news of the increase in the rate as a call to “continue the vigilant fight” against a disease that threatens the lives of men around the world. “We can significantly reduce prostate cancer deaths,” Samadi stated, “while we increase a man’s chance of survival” that leads to extending his life. As the male population in the UK as well as in the United States gets older, the age of men who receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer averages between 65-69.
He commends the efforts in the UK to initiate a nationwide screening program for prostate cancer as well as to promote treatment for the condition in its advanced stages. He expects that the program can help reduce the rate of prostate cancer deaths in the UK. In an attempt to help men understand the risks that face them, Dr. Samadi offers a 10-point list of prostate cancer risk factors:
Age – The condition rarely occurs in men under age 40, but the risk increases rapidly after age 50.
Ethnicity – Men who have an African or Caribbean bloodline have higher risks than others.
Location – Prostate cancer occurs more frequently in North America, Europe and Australia as well as on Caribbean islands than in other countries.
Genetics – The condition runs in families, and the risk increases significantly for men whose brother has it.
Mutations – Men have an increase in the risk of cancer when inherited gene changes create a more significant likelihood.
Diet – Food choices that favor red meat and high-fat dairy seem to produce a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than a diet that features fruits and vegetables.
Weight – Obesity seems to have a positive correlation with a risk of aggressive forms of the disease.
Inactivity – Results of research indicate that exercise can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by as much as 50 percent.
Exposure to Chemicals – Veterans of the Vietnam War who experienced Agent Orange seem to have a higher risk than those who did not.
Tobacco Products – Dr. Samadi notes that, while smoking is an unhealthy practice by anyone, it may have a link to prostate cancer.
Winning Awards and Recognition
New York Magazine named Dr. Samadi “Best Doctor” five times, and he received recognition as America’s Top Doctors for Cancer five times as well. He won the Patient’s Choice Award for five years and the Community Partner Award from the American Cancer Society in 2012 among many more. One that seems to reveal his deep capacity to care for others is the Most Compassionate Doctor award that he received three times. As an indication of his concern for others, he recommends three things that men can do to help maintain a healthy prostate.’
Eating a Healthy Diet
The practice of eating well and drinking water “99.9 percent of the time” helps promote prostate health, Dr. Samadi contends. Five servings of brightly colored vegetables and fruits provide a good start, and he wants men to eat whole grains that include oatmeal, barley, farro, buckwheat and sorghum. Brown rice and 100 percent whole wheat bread provide better nutrition than their white counterparts. His recommendations put chicken and fish on the preferred list for protein among other healthy choices.
Taking Time to Exercise
Dr. Samadi wants men to walk briskly for 30 minutes a day almost every day to get the health benefits that can help prevent cardiovascular problems, stroke and diabetes as well as to protect the prostate.
Visiting a Doctor
With regular visits to a urologist after age 40, men can learn how to manage their urinary, prostate and sexual health. A PSA test establishes a baseline of prostate-specific antigens that reflect its health status. By starting the benchmark at age 40, men give doctors a basis for comparison that indicates changes that may need diagnosis and treatment.
For more information on prostate health or to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Samadi, visit his website: http://prostatecancer911.com/