by Wisdom McClemore
“Let’s give every man in our lives a fighting chance”
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. We Must Educate our community concerning this disease. Prostate Cancer is totally treatable if detected early enough, yet men die way too young from this disease.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer. This year, an estimated 164,690 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. (Citation cancer.net)The average age of diagnosis is 66; the disease rarely occurs before age 40. For unknown reasons, the risk of prostate cancer is 74% higher in black men than in non-Hispanic white men. Most prostate cancers (91%) are found when the disease is confined to the prostate and nearby organs. This is referred to as the local or regional stage.
The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of men live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for most men with local or regional prostate cancer is nearly 100%. Ninety-eight percent (98%) are alive after 10 years. For men diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 30%.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. It is estimated that 29,430 deaths from this disease will occur this year. Although the number of deaths from prostate cancer continues to decline among all men, the death rate remains twice as high in black men than any other group. A man’s individual survival depends on the type of prostate cancer and the stage of the disease.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for men with prostate cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of men with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Screening should begin at age 45,men at a higher than average risk should talk with a doctor about the uncertainties, risks and potential benefits of testing so they can decide if they need to be tested. This includes African American men with close family members (fathers, brother, son) who had prostate cancer before age 65.
Please support awareness and education during the month of September by wearing the Light Blue Ribbon.
(Citations of Statistical Data taken from cancer.net)