September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
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%. ■