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National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time for for men to talk with their health care providers about a disease that affects 1 in every 6 men during his lifetime.  Cancer of the prostate gland, located in front of the rectum and below the urinary bladder only in men, is the second leading cause of cancer death among men.  It is also one of the most survivable forms of cancer if detected early– in fact, if it is detected in its earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is close to 100%.

 

 

 

 

More Facts About Prostate Cancer:

 

  • this year approximately 217,730 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 32,050 men will die from the disease.
  • African-American men are disproportionately affected by prostate cancer, having higher rates of prostate cancer diagnosis and death than men of all other racial or ethnic groups in the United States.
  • Almost 1/3 of prostate cancer cases are found in men during their prime years at work.

 

 

 

What You Can Do

  • Men who are not at high risk for prostate cancer should talk to their doctors beginning at age 50.
  • Men at higher risk include African Americans and men who’ve had a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer.  These men should begin speaking to their doctors at ages 45 and 40, respectively.
  • All men should learn about the uncertainties and limitations of early detection tests and treatments so they can make informed decisions about testing.
  • Call the American Cancer Society's 24-hour toll-free cancer information hotline at 1-800-227-2345 for information and a support network 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The hotline will also give you information on Man to Man, a local support group dedicated to connecting those facing prostate cancer with survivors who’ve “been there.”