Prostate Cancer Awareness Week in September
The Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) is once again coordinating free or low-cost screenings as part of its national Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (PCAW), September 19 –25, to help encourage men to protect their health.
Prostate cancer screenings to take place across the nation
The September 19-25th screening events will take place at nearly 500 sites across the country. Since its inception, PCAW has helped screen more than four million men.
Wendy Poage, president of PCEC, estimates 125,000 men will be screened during this year’s PCAW. “These men will not only play an active role in safeguarding their health, but data collected during these screenings will help researchers find new and improved ways to address this deadly disease."
According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 217,730 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2010. They estimate 32,050 deaths will occur during 2010 from prostate cancer.
It is recommended that all men beginning at 35 years of age receive a baseline prostate health assessment, including Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). Men should then work with their doctors to determine a screening schedule.
Screenings done during PCAW should take about 10 minutes. The screenings include a PSA blood test and a DRE administered by a trained professional.
To find a PCAW screening site near you and for more information on prostate cancer, please visit www.prostateconditions.org or call toll free 866-4PROST8. You can also join in the conversation by searching for the Prostate Conditions Education Council on Facebook or 4prost8health on Twitter.