Did You Know?
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma, and kidney cancers combined. What's more, a man is 35 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Annually, more than 190,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 25,000 men die from the disease each year. However, because roughly 90 percent of all prostate cancers are detected in the local and regional stages, the cure rate for prostate cancer is very high, emphasizing the importance of prostate cancer screenings. In fact, the American Cancer Society advises that all men over 50 with at least a 10-year life expectancy receive annual prostate cancer screenings, including the PSA blood test as well as the Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). These screenings are especially important for African-American men, who are 56 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer and 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease. To learn more about prostate cancer, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation Web site at www.prostatecancerfoundation.org.