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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 Fst.uary 4, 1971 THE IETH5MDGE HffMO Venereal disease epidemic in Canada TORONTO (CP) An esti-1 treatment for the diseases, but sexual behavior. Dr. Persad be-, utensils or toilet seats. They mated half-million people in j resistant strains of gonorrhea lieves. come from sexual contact. Canada are suffering ftimi ve- nereal disease. And most of gnoring it. NODUS! ttiitM sttnwl COWSUKI SOUt SOVIETS ANNOUNCE SOFT LANDING ON VENUS The Soviet Union announced that its Venus 7 spacecraft, shown in this diagram from Tass-wMch hurtled into Ven- us' atmosphere Dec. 15-made a soft landing on the planet and transmitted data for 23 minutes. _____ Cancer of prostate gland may eventually be beaten By ALVIN ARMSTRONG Kingston Whig-Standard KINGSTON, Ont. Research done under Dr. Robert Steele of the depart- ment of community health and epidemiology at Queen's University here has given rise to hopes that cancer of the prostate gland may even- tually be beaten. No one, not even Dr. Steele, can pinpoint the c a u s e of prostate cancer as yet. But, Dr. Steele thinks, he may have narrowed the possible causes to two factors: heri- tage and sex drives. In a paper presented re- cently at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association at Hous- ton, Tex., after two years of research, Dr. Steele outlines an experiment that may eventually lead to develop- ment of remedies. The experiment uses a group of 113 male patients aged 50 or over from King- ston hospitals. The group was subdivided into patients with cancer of the pa- tients with a benign growth on the organ, and those with no prostate disease at all. Dr. Steele said in the paper all patients were interviewed as to their occupation, per- sonal and family histories of illness; smoking and alcohol habits and their sexual inter- ests and habits. SEE HEREDITY LINK He said that several of these points, among them oc- cupation, smoking and drink- ing, showed no apparent connection with prostate trouble. However, there appeared to be a link with a family his- tory of prostate disease. He said only 5.1 per cent of the patients with an undi- seased prostate reported that a close relative also had pros- tate trouble. But this figure more than doubled to 12.8 per the group with cancer and nearly quad- rupled hi the group with a benign growth. The exact extent of this correlation still has to be de- termined, Dr. Steele said, but he thinks the find warrants following up with most ex- periments. He said a second discovery showed that persons who had venereal disease were much more prone to cancer of the prostate than those who never had it. Only 2.5 per cent of the non-diseased group had ve- nereal disease he said, while 5.7 per cent of the benign- growth group and 12.8 per cent of the malignant-growth group had it at one time or another. Dr. Steele said he does not believe that verbal disease was responsible for the pros- tate cancer but rather that it may have been the greater sexual activity he discovered among the patients once af- flicted by VD. CORRELATION SHOWN Dr. Steele said he got this hunch when he heard two pa- pers being read at a medical conference in San Francisco. The papers indicated that a study of cancer of the cervix in women showed a high cor- relation between sex drive and cervix cancer. This started him wonder- ing, he said, whether a simi- lar connection might not exist between sex drive and prostate cancer. Dr. Steele said his experi- ments have led him to be- lieve that at this stage nei- ther a virus nor a dis- turbance in hormone secre- tion should be ruled out. The virus hypothesis fits in with findings of virus like particles on cancerous pros- tate glands, he said, and raises the question whether there is a virus common to cancer of the cervix and the pro-state. Dr. Steele said the Queen's University research group will likely apply for a grant from the Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation to carry on where they left off. He said he hopes other re- In The S Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her two children, Caroline and John F. Kenedy Jr., vis- ited the White House this week for the first time since 1863. Mrs. Onassis and the young- ters had dinner with President and Mrs. Nixon and the Nixon daughters, Julie and Tricia, in search group? will pick up the Queen's findings and help carry on the work. with famous go-anywhere 4-Wheel Drive JCST-DKIVE THE 2-CAR CAR TODAV m m UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Cor. 3rd Avc., 3rd St. S. Phone 327-2805 the family about hours in the execu- tive mansion they vacated more than seven years ago fol- lowing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The occasion for the unan- nounced visit, a spokesman for MRS. OXASSIS Dines with Nixons Nixon said, was a pre- view for the former first lady and her children of pen-trails of President Kennedy and Mrs. Onassis. The portrait of Kenedy is in the Room nf the and that of his widow in a ha.sement hnlhvay near fhe (1 i p I o in a t i c reception room Ihrmifih which most invited gucsls enier and leave. these people ami syphilis have developed that require massive doses to kill them. .-VI1U III V I iiii-ov, don't kcow they have it, or are I H penicillin doesn't work, These are just some of the: as vibramycin. facts behind an increase in VDI Just as IraDOt that one expert calls an epi- demic. The figures tell the story of the comeback of gonorrhea and syphilis after penicillin slashed the incidence of both diseases drastically in the y e a r s after the Second World War. Although only 10 per cent of gonorrhea cases and 50 per cent of syphilis cases are re- ported, the number of reported VD cases in Ontario alone dou- bled between 1965 and 1969. Gonorrhea made up the bulk of the 1969 cases, to 778 for syphilis, for a total of VD cases compared with in 1965. Epidemic is the word used by Dr. Anna Keyl, chief of the ve- nereal disease clinic at Women's College Hospital here. But Dr. R. L. Persad, medical officer for VD in the Ontario department of health, helives epidemic is too strong a term. "ft certainly is on the in- crease, especially among young people, but they are still a mi- nority of the total said Dr. Persad. Penicillin is still the prime other antibiotics are used, such people are achiev- ing sexual independence ear- lier." he said, "It's like saying football players have more in- juries. People who practise sex- ual intercourse have more VD. Just as important is a change i "The new youth eult, with its n community standards for n e w freedom and permissive- ness, means there is more sex- ual intercourse ergo, more TO." Public health officials are alarmed at the early age at cation, says Dr. Keyl. Health classes only start to teach Sell coal rights CALGARY (CP) Petro- leum Royalties Ltd. of Calgary announced today assignment of all its rights, title and interest in acres of potential cosl- jearing strata in southern Al- jerta to Minorex Ltd. Minorex is a wholly owned subsidiary of asbestos corpora- tion of Canada which in turn is controlled by G e n e r a 1 Dyna- mics Corp. which will carry out a exploration program. The acres, in two prop- erties, are in the Ram River area of west cental Alberta near Ncrdegg and in the Pan- ther River area near Banff Na- tional Park. Alberta Coal is receiv i n g world wide attention because of its accessability and the high quality of coking-coal seams. AN INCREASE Officials in Norway say the country's 1970 exports are ex pected to show an increase of 14 per cent over 1969. Kach is caused by a definite VD 'n Grade 10, "and germ. Syphilis can develop that's too latr sores anywhere on the body and can be spread from kissing if the infected person is in the second stage of the disease and has mouth sores. It can lead to serious mental disease. Gonorrhea is milder and ap- pears in men two to 10 days after infection. The symptoms i passing urine and a creamy which VD is showing up in the, discharge. The disease population. Last year 19 cases were re- ported in Ontario among 10- to 14-year-olds: 114 for 15 to 16; 981 for those between 17 to 19, and between 20 and 24 years of age. Some enduring myths don't help health officials in their ef- fects to fight the diseases. VD is a classless disease. It is as likely to strike an upper- midddle-class suburb as the worst city slum. And it is no more common among hippies than in the suburbs. Figures indicate prostitutes aren't a significant source of the diseases. Only three per cent of cases are blamed on prostitutes. Another 16 per cent result from homosexual rela- tions and an overwhelming 81 per cent from "normal" hetero- sexual love. Neither disease can be caught frcm drinking fountains, eating Sparwood wins hoop tests for seniors can lead to sterility. NATAL (HNS) Playing ta Both a i 1 m e n t s can cause East Kootenay Senior High death if untreated I Basketball League ac- dcath if untieatea. j auditori. 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