Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is serious business. Let's talk about it for a second, ok?

- Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. 

- Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer. 

- Prostate cancer is very rare in men younger than 40, but the chance of having prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50. Almost 2 out of 3 prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65. 

- Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than double's a man's risk of developing the disease.

That's obviously just the tip of the iceberg where prostate cancer facts and figures are concerned, but we want to share these things because men's health is an issue that seems not to be discussed as openly as, for example, women's health and breast cancer. This is something that's become very personal to us as our Dad was diagnosed in September. So, we want to do our small part in helping spread awareness, which will help promote early detection, which will help increase survival rates, and everyone's the better for it, yes?

Punch prostate cancer in the face, we say!!