Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Features Awareness, Fundraising Events

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Features Awareness, Fundraising Events
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. According to Us TOO, a nonprofit serving the prostate cancer community by providing educational materials and resources at no charge, nearly three million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer — and that number is estimated to reach four million by 2024. The need for increased awareness about the tests that could prevent these numbers from rising is urgent. Results from a simple prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, together with a digital rectal exam (DRE), may be enough to indicate the need for a biopsy, which is the first step toward a prostate cancer diagnosis. “Too often a simple PSA blood test for prostate cancer isn’t part of a man’s annual physical exam,” Chuck Strand, CEO of Us TOO International, said in a press release. “An elevated PSA level doesn’t necessarily indicate prostate cancer. But think of it like a ‘check engine’ light on your car. It’s information that’s good to have for making an informed decision.” If diagnosed at an early stage, prostate cancer can be treated. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends PSA-based screening for men who are between 55 and 69 years of age. Men in high-risk groups, such as African-Americans, those with a family history of prostate cancer, and military veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other chemicals, should consider annual testing starting at age 40 instead of 55, however. President Trump
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