For Immediate Release
Katie Patterson-Ingels, 785-368-8053
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States. It is the most common form of cancer in males (other than some forms of skin cancer), and one in six men alive today can expect to develop the disease during their lifetime. According to the Kansas Cancer Registry, in 2007 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), 2,072 men in Kansas were diagnosed with prostate cancer. About 260 Kansas men die from prostate cancer each year.
There is no way to know for sure if a man will get prostate cancer. While it is usually a slow-growing form of cancer, the causes remain unknown and there are no clear-cut ways to prevent it from developing. Men do have a greater chance of getting prostate cancer if they are 50 years old or older, are African-American, or have a father, brother or son who has had prostate cancer.
Different people have different symptoms for prostate cancer. Some men do not have symptoms at all. Some symptoms include:
If you have any symptoms that worry you, be sure to consult your doctor. These symptoms may be caused by conditions other than prostate cancer.
Together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) supports increased awareness about prostate cancer and efforts to expand research about screening and treatment options, especially those focused on developing interventions to help men make informed decisions about screening.
KDHE also joins CDC in promoting increased sharing of screening-related information between providers and their patients in order to advance the overarching goal of helping men live longer and healthier.
Visit www.cdc.gov/features/prostatecancer/ for more information, or for Kansas cancer information and resources, visit www.cancerkansas.org.