Happy Men’s Health Week! Congress designated the week leading up to Father’s Day to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer in 1994. The goal is to bring attention to preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
For many of the health conditions unique to men, early detection and treatment are vital. Men’s Health Week also aims to make men and their families aware of screening option, information about early detection, and maintain regular check-ups.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. Prostate cancer accounts for about 11 percent of cancer-related deaths in men and is the most common cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men. The Illinois State Cancer Registry estimates approximately 9,850 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Illinois during 2011.
While any man can get prostate cancer, it’s most common in older men, in men with a family history of prostate cancer and in black men. Although age, genetics and race are factors you can’t change, there are some factors you can control that may enhance prostate cancer prevention.
This Men’s Health Week, CPC urges you to talk with your health care provider about prostate cancer screening and testing and what is appropriate for you. We also have consultations and information available upon request