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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

For the duration of September, NewsWatch 12 is going blue to highlight Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society says that prostate cancer is the "most common cancer among men" after skin cancer, but it can often by treated successfully if caught early enough.

Unfortunately, prostate cancer in its early stages often shows no symptoms. It isn't until later that symptoms begin to appear. Moreover, researchers do not know what causes this form of cancer, which does not generally correspond with risk factors for other forms of cancer — factors such as smoking. Genes and genetic mutations are the likely culprit.

Prostate cancer is rare among men under the age of 40, but cases climb dramatically by the age of 65.

All month, NewsWatch 12 will bring you stories of survival, treatment, recovery, and the latest research on prostate cancer. Check in here for those stories or follow the links in the sidebar for more background information.

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Road to Recovery: Fire Marshal battles prostate cancer

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4th Angel program brings support to cancer patients

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Stigma can keep men from important screenings for prostate cancer

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How prostate cancer can be treated once it's caught

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Treating prostate cancer

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NewsWatch 12 goes blue for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Doctors recommend annual prostate cancer screenings

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Health Alert: Knowing the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer

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September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Dutch Bros Raises $100,000 for Men's Health in 'Movember'

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Prostate Cancer: Ron Brown Shares His Story

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CANCER AWARENESS: Top Health Concerns for Men

Prostate Cancer Information

Links to info from the American Cancer Society

Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer

  • Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.
  • The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2019 are about 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer, and about 31,620 deaths from prostate cancer.
  • About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
  • Prostate cancer develops mainly in older men and in African-American men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer. About 1 man in 41 will die of prostate cancer.
  • Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.