The Number 1 Thing Men Need to Know About the Number 1 Cancer in Men
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. One in every eight Canadian men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. In 2016 alone, approximately 21,600 Canadian men were diagnosed with prostate cancer.
This might be a scary thing for most men to hear, but we have come a long way over the past two decades towards bringing greater hope to men with prostate cancer and their families. Thanks to a number of advances in the way we diagnose and treat prostate cancer, we have reduced the death rate by approximately 40%. Additionally, the development of support resources and services has improved the quality of life of countless men living with the disease. But the job is far from done. The harsh reality is that approximately 4,000 Canadian men are still dying each year from prostate cancer. What’s worse is that a significant proportion of these men are dying unnecessarily.
And that brings us to the most important bit of information contained within this article: Early detection of prostate cancer saves lives. When detected early, the survival rate for prostate cancer is 100% at five years. Once the cancer has moved out of the prostate, however, survival at five years drops to 31% according to the newest data.
More than just numbers, these statistics represent real people in communities across the country. Our dads, uncles, brothers and sons are all at risk to develop prostate cancer. If, as a society, we can do a better job of getting the men we care about to proactively take their health into their own hands, we can surely reduce the number of prostate cancer-related deaths even further.
Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) advocates for shared decision making and encourages men and their doctors to talk about the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test and then to make an informed decision together. To better help men understand the advantages and disadvantages of the PSA test, PCC has developed a new resources entitled Should I get screened for prostate cancer?
In the meantime, Prostate Cancer Canada is working tirelessly to invest the generous donations of Canadians towards funding top quality research aimed at more precise and less harmful methods of prostate cancer screening and diagnosis.
While we work towards getting these breakthroughs from the lab to the clinic, we encourage each individual, household and community across Canada to help us spread the word about prostate cancer and the importance of early detection. The more we talk about it, the more commonplace stories of prostate cancer survival will become.
Manager, Communications | Prostate Cancer Canada
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