September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month! Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. About 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.1 Prostate cancer markers, like the 4Kscore® Test, are making an impact on the world of prostate cancer by helping to individualize patient care in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment choices for prostate cancer.
Knowledge is Power
Increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and prostate cancer is a critical step in detection and diagnosis of the disease. It is also important to educate men and their families about risk factors and symptoms of prostate health and prostate cancer.
What is Your Risk?
While all men are at risk for prostate cancer, certain factors can elevate the threat:
- Age: Risk increases with age
- Race & Ethnicity: Certain groups, such as African American men, are at an increased risk
- Family History: Close relatives, especially first-degree relatives (father, brother, paternal grandfather)
- Lifestyle: Obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and diets high in red meat or high-fat dairy products and low in fruits and vegetables are all factors that may contribute to prostate cancer risk
There are several organizations that provide valuable patient resources and information on topics such as early detection and prevention, genetic testing for prostate cancer, and even daily eating habits to support healthier living.
- Prostate Cancer Foundation (https://www.pcf.org/)
- Prostate Conditions Education Council (https://www.prostateconditions.org/)
- FANS for the CURE (https://fansforthecure.org/)
- ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer (https://zerocancer.org/)
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- American Cancer Society. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html