In the US, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer.
In 2013, over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in the U.S. alone.
Despite these figures, the level of awareness, understanding and support for prostate cancer lags significantly behind that of women’s health causes.
A man is 35 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
One new case of prostate cancer occurs every 2.2 minutes and a man dies from the disease every 17.5 minutes.
The incidence rates are double for African American men.
If detected and treated early, prostate cancer has a 97 percent success rate.
Every man 45 years old and over should get a PSA Test so that he can have a “baseline” to compare with future tests.
Prostate cancer is not just a man’s disease, it can have a devastating impact on wives, partners and entire families.
We all need to get informed, get involved, and bring an end to this disease.