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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center is lighting the Dr. Pryich Healing Garden BLUE for the 1 in 9 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Together with the Prostate Cancer Foundation, we’ll #LightItBlue and help raise awareness for men to get screened.

Did you know:

  • There is a nearly 100% five-year survival rate when prostate cancer is detected/treated early.
  • There is a 29% five-year survival rate when prostate cancer is detected at advanced stages.
  • 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes.
  • 164,690 new prostate cancer cases among U.S. men in 2018, which means nearly 3,200 men hear the words “You have prostate cancer” each week.
  • 29,430 deaths in the U.S. from prostate cancer in 2018, meaning that 81 of our fathers, brothers, sons, friends, neighbors, and colleagues die from the disease each day.
  • 2.9 million American men are currently being treated or have been successfully treated for the disease.
  • 66 years old is the average age of U.S. men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • 32.8% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are between 55-64 years old.
  • 9.3% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are between 45-54 years old.
  • Men with a close relative (father, brother, son) diagnosed with prostate cancer face double the risk of developing the disease, while those with two close relatives with the disease are 5 times more likely to develop prostate cancer.
  • African American men have the highest incidence of prostate cancer in the U.S. (therefore, they are at higher risk).
  • Vietnam and Korean wars era veterans exposed to Agent Orange are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
  • Almost every male is at some risk for prostate cancer.
  • Every man older than 40 would be wise to have a conversation with his primary care physician about his personal risk for prostate cancer.
  • Regular tests, consisting of a physical exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test are appropriate for many men, particularly those 50 to 70 years old, and any man who may be at higher risk for prostate cancer at a younger age.

View this infographic for more information.