September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month


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In recognition of September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, The ASCO Post is pleased to share the following reminders, adapted in part from the American Cancer Society:

  • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, behind skin cancer, and it affects one in seven men in his lifetime.
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer.
  • In 2014, approximately 233,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States; about 29,480 men will die of prostate cancer this year in the U.S.
  • Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.
  • Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it.
  • African American men have the highest prostate cancer incidence in the world.
  • Over 90% of all prostate cancers are discovered while they are localized or regional. The 5-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate tumors discovered at these stages is nearly 100%.  ■


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