It’s September, so that means it’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM).
Lung cancer is non sexist, as it kills both sexes indiscriminately. Behind that for men, is Prostate Cancer. Behind lung cancer for women is breast cancer.
For men, due to increased awareness, increased testing, and earlier treatment, the five year survival rate 99%. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer during their life times.
The good news is that with early treatment most forms of PC can be successfully treated.
Make sure you discuss Prostate Cancer Screening with your Primary Care Physician at your annual physical. You do get an annual physical, right? Screening doesn’t necessarily have to include a digital rectal exam. A Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test can also indicate that further screening is needed. Again, this should be discussed with your PCP.
You can, and should, donate to the PCF at the link above.
Women are far better at this sort of thing than we are. I’ve yet to see a woman, nor many men for that matter, wearing blue ribbons or wrist bands. Yet, each October the world seems to turn pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It’s time for us to start taking care of ourselves. After all, the world needs healtht men.