We're almost halfway through the month of Movember (for the scoop on what Movember is all about, check out the video below), and our group of Nashville Predators fans is off to a great start, having raised over $500 already for prostate cancer awareness and research. While you consider some of the following facts below (from the Prostate Cancer Foundation), please head over to my Movember page and make a donation! Proceeds go the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and LIVESTRONG.
How common is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men.
In 2010, nearly 218,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 32,000 men will die from the disease. One new case occurs every 2.4 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 16.4 minutes.
It is estimated that there are more than 2 million American men currently living with prostate cancer.
How does prostate cancer compare with other cancers?
A non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma and kidney cancers combined. In fact, a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer
Are some men more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer?
Older age, African American race, and a family history of the disease can all increase the likelihood of a man being diagnosed with the disease.
As men increase in age, their risk of developing prostate cancer increases exponentially. Although only 1 in 10,000 under age 40 will be diagnosed, the rate shoots up to 1 in 39 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 14 for ages 60 to 69. More than 65% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65.
African American men are 56% more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men and nearly 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease.
Men with a single first-degree relative-father, brother or son-with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease, while those with two or more relatives are nearly four times as likely to be diagnosed. The risk is highest in men whose family members were diagnosed before age 65.
How curable is prostate cancer?
As with all cancers, "cure" rates for prostate cancer describe the percentage of patients likely remaining disease-free for a specific time. In general, the earlier the cancer is caught, the more likely it is for the patient to remain disease-free.
Because approximately 90% of all prostate cancers are detected in the local and regional stages, the cure rate for prostate cancer is very high-nearly 100% of men diagnosed at this stage will be disease-free after five years. By contrast, in the 1970s, only 67% of men diagnosed with local or regional prostate cancer were disease-free after five years.