Saturday, August 31, 2013

September-Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

As you may recall, this disease is near and dear to my heart, and the inspiration for this site.  My dad continues the battle with prostate cancer, though not the same man he was when he began; he is still not cancer-free, yet "holding his own", over 13 years post diagnosis.  My uncle is surviving as well.

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers for men living in the United States, and despite the progress we have made in controlling it, the disease continues to take a devastating toll on thousands of lives every year.  During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those we have lost to prostate cancer, and we renew our commitment to detecting, and treating this terrible illness.

While the causes of prostate cancer are still unknown, men with certain risk factors may be more likely to develop the disease.  Men who suffer from prostate cancer range in age from their 20's, to men who are over the age of 65.  Those whose fathers, brothers, or sons have had prostate cancer are also at greater risk.  Prostate cancer is especially prevalent among African American men, who experience both the highest incidence and the highest mortality rates of prostate cancer.


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