Prostate cancer is a very serious, dangerous thing and Prostate Cancer Awareness month is here to shine a light on that fact. In September every year organizations, patients, and families band together to raise awareness of this complex disease that kills twenty-nine thousand men per year. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death by cancer in men in the United States. If this disease is caught in the early stages the five year survival rate is almost one hundred percent and the ten year survival rate is ninety-eight percent.
Prostate cancer, as I mentioned above, is a very complex disease. There are many subtypes that range from aggressive to docile and from lethal to benign. The majority of prostate cancer diagnosed in men will be a slow growing, non-lethal form of the disease but because so many men will be diagnosed with this in their lifetime, it is important that they learn about both of these branches of prostate cancer. Around one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. It is more common in older men and approximately six in five cases diagnosed are in men over sixty-five.
There has been a lot of controversy over the years about the age that men should start being screened for prostate cancer. In light of that, all men should learn about the current screening procedures and the benefits and disadvantages of each of them. The risks include a false positive, a false negative, the chance of needing a biopsy, and then the risk of needing treatment and the effect that that would have on your body.
You can get involved in Prostate Cancer Awareness month by talking to your doctor or encouraging the men in your life to talk to their doctor about prostate cancer screening options. You can also share the cause through social media and word of mouth to make sure that other people know the benefits and risks of being screened. When caught in it’s early stages, prostate cancer is defeatable and every man should take steps to learn how to protect themselves.