This year an estimated 220,800 men in the United States will be told they have prostate cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect time to share some of the exciting research the Prevent Cancer Foundation is funding to help prevent prostate cancer or detect it earlier, when treatment is more successful.
Maarten Bosland, DVSc, PhD., is a current Foundation research grantee with a passion for learning about the relationship between hormones and prostate cancer. Dr. Bosland was previously supported by the Foundation to study the effects of soy protein and its preventive qualities in the prostate gland. His current research is funded by the Awesome Games Done Quick Research Grant in Prostate Cancer. He is researching the ways hormones can be targeted with drugs or other treatments to stop or delay prostate cancer. We recently asked Dr. Bosland about his research:
Q: What does your research bring to the field of prostate cancer prevention?
A: My research is aimed at identifying mechanisms by which hormones cause prostate cancer that can be targeted with drugs or other treatments to stop or delay the development of this malignancy.
This is an exciting prospect and may establish a novel approach to prostate cancer chemoprevention. Dr. Bosland expressed his gratitude to the Foundation this way:
[I am] enormously appreciative for the funding provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation for this project that is poised to provide some very important information about how testosterone causes prostate cancer, an issue that has not been resolved despite the fact that, for men in the U.S., prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second most frequent cause of death due to cancer.
Thanks to Dr. Bosland for his intriguing work and commitment to learning more about prostate cancer. For more information about the research projects we’re funding, check out our website.