Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men. According to cancer.org, prostate cancer will strike approximately 191,930 men in the United States with about 33,330 deaths, in 2020. Every September, health experts, health advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health and prostate cancer come together to spread knowledge and awareness across the United States.
Did you know 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer? While prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among men, it’s also one of the most treatable. If detected early, prostate cancer is 99% treatable. Risk factors for prostate cancer include family history, genetic factors, race, lifestyle, and dietary habits. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, cancer is estimated to be 42% preventable with certain lifestyle changes. By watching what you eat, how much you exercise, and ensure there is time for relaxation routines, you can prevent the kinds of cell damage that is related to all forms of cancer.
Prostate screenings can save lives. Prostate cancer can be a silent killer, so don’t wait until you are showing symptoms to take action. All men over age 50, and at age 40 for African Americans, men with a family history of prostate cancer, veterans exposed to Agent Orange, and men exposed to pesticides and certain other chemicals are highly encouraged to get regular exams. No matter your age, an annual PSA test creates a benchmark and helps track progress and highlight abnormalities over time.
If you have a loved one in your life that doesn’t want to make an appointment, do it for them – and drive them to the healthcare provider’s office if you must. Your support can make all the difference.
Take any opportunity you can to Get It Checked.
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