September is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease
NASHVILLE One in nine American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death and the most commonly diagnosed.
In 2018, nearly 165,000 new cases of prostate cancer are expected in the United States with nearly 3,000 of those in Tennessee. That is forecasted to result in nearly 30,000 lives lost to prostate cancer across the country and 550 across the state.
Among those statistics, one in six African American men will develop the disease in his lifetime, which is almost two times the rate of white males. African American men are also 2.3 times as likely to die from the disease.
Finding prostate cancer at an early stage gives patients the best hope for effective treatment and to live cancer free, Mike Leventhal, executive director of Tennessee Mens Health Network. That is why it is crucial for Tennesseans to know about and understand the disease, especially African American men who are being affected in larger numbers.
We also know that more research needs to be done to find more effective and advanced treatments for these men, Leventhal continued.
If the disease progresses to advanced stage, also known as metastatic ...