September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and as a result, women throughout the United States have a valuable addition to their to-do list. We are urging women to take advantage of this month, and remind the men in their lives to get screened. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1 in 6 men are affected by prostate cancer in the US. This makes it the most common cancer in America after skin cancer. This year, there is an estimated 238,000 men who will be diagnosed with the disease – many with almost no symptoms – and more than 30,000 men will lose their life to it.
If detected early, the cure rate for prostate cancer is almost 100%. This means that most men who are diagnosed at an early stage will be disease-free after 5 years. These shocking statistics reiterate the importance of getting screened and staying one step ahead of this “silent killer”. Additionally, men should know they are not alone; more than 2.5 million men are living with prostate cancer in America. Fortunately there are many viable treatment options available for prostate cancer and a cure is possible.
What men and women should be most aware of this month is that “the silent killer” doesn’t have to kill. Understanding prostate cancer and respecting its unfortunate, but significant, roll in our lives is key.
Preventative care is the easiest way to save your life. Below are four simple reminders about prostate cancer: Continue Reading