Why pay attention to Prostate Cancer in September?

This blog post is brought to you by our friends at ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer.

At ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, September is a busy time because it’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. To help save lives and keep families together, we are hosting 19 Run/Walk fundraising events, launching new educational programs for men and families, training leaders in our communities, visiting Capitol Hill, and sharing stories from our ZERO’s Heroes across the nation.

September is also Blood Cancers Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and a flurry of other activities that come along with the unofficial end of summer. So, why stop and give your time and attention to prostate cancer this month amidst all of these other important and honorable causes? It’s simple really; having a prostate puts every man at risk of developing prostate cancer at some point in his lifetime. As men age, their risk significantly increases and 97 percent of all new cases are in men older than 50. African American men are 2.5 times more likely to develop the disease and men with a family history of prostate cancer are also at greater risk.

This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. If you know seven men, that means that most likely one of them will be diagnosed at some point in their lifetime. We will also lose nearly 30,000 men, one every 18 minutes.

The good news about prostate cancer is that when diagnosed at an early stage, nearly 100 percent of men will be alive in five years. As with all cancers the chances of surviving for five years decreases as men are diagnosed with more advanced disease. That is why it’s important for men to know the risk factors for prostate cancer – including age, race, and family history — and talk to their doctor about their own individual risk so they can work together to develop a strategy and plan.

We invite you to join us in our mission to end this disease that robs too many families of a father, husband, brother, friend, grandfather, or loved one. Check out our 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Prostate Cancer fact sheet and spread the word! To learn more about our activities this month, visit our website www.zerocancer.org and get involved.

We’d like to thank MyLifeLine.org for this opportunity to share.

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One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. For more information, visit ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer.

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