Prostate Cancer Awareness is on the Rise

Prostate cancer impacts millions of lives around the world each year. In fact, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. [1] Like most health conditions, public awareness is key in the fight against prostate cancer. Each year more and more celebrities, athletes and organizations join in the cause to raise prostate cancer awareness, an effort which touches the lives of those impacted by the disease.

Celebrities Committed to Raising Prostate Cancer Awareness

Ed Randall

Ed Randall is a famous television personality who became a household name with his show Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball. The show aired nationally from 1988 to 2002. Some of his most famous interviews included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Ernie Banks, Bob Gibson, Harry Caray and actor Bill Murray.

Today Mr. Randall is the CEO and Founder of Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure (FFTC). Established in 2003, FFTC has since host more than 1,500 prostate cancer awareness days/nights at major league and minor league ballparks throughout the country. Ed also travels the US hosting town halls with survivors, physician and policy makers, sparking conversation about how to most effectively diagnose and fight the disease. Learn more about FFTC at their official website: https://fans4thecure.org/ [2]

Harry Belafonte

Beloved musician Harry Belafonte is accredited with popularizing calypso music. Today his name has also become synonymous with the effort to raise prostate cancer awareness. Mr. Belafonte was diagnosed at the age of 69. After undergoing treatment, Belafonte set out to ignite conversation around the impact of the disease and the importance of early detection. Much of his work has focused on raising awareness in the African American community and dispelling the stigma of undergoing prostate examination. [3]

Ben Stiller

When you hear the name Ben Stiller, plenty of things come to mind. The famous comedian, actor and filmmaker has stared in a host of iconic comedies since he first began his Hollywood career nearly 3 decades ago. Today Ben is not only a star, but he is a husband and a father who has most recently made headlines as an advocate of early prostate cancer detection. Ben made headlines just last year when he spoke out about his 2014 prostate cancer diagnosis and encouraged others to take an active role in monitoring their prostate health. [4]

Organizations Supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness & Research

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball has partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to host the annual PCF Home Run Challenge. The annual event brings together the biggest names in baseball to raise money for research. Monetary pledges are made based upon the number of home runs hit throughout the week leading up to Father’s Day. Since the inception of the PCF Home Run Challenge in 1997, it has raised more than $40 million for prostate cancer research. Visit www.homerunchallenge.org to access a schedule and to make a pledge. [5]

This is just a small sampling of the growing list of personalities and organizations who are joining the cause. As we celebrate Prostate Cancer Awareness month this September, we encourage you to watch for messaging from these individuals and organizations, as well as others joining in the conversation. While you’re at it, do your part to shed light on the topic. Share information about the importance of raising public awareness and early detection. Together we can make a difference.

 

  • American Cancer Society. Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer. (Access August 7, 2017) https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html
  • Fans for the Cure. About Us; Ed Randall. (Access August 7, 2017) https://fans4thecure.org/
  • Harry Belafonte Speaks Up Against Prostate Cancer. (Access August 7, 2017) https://www.oncolink.org/cancers/prostate/support-and-resources/survivor-stories/harry-belafonte-speaks-up-against-prostate-cancer
  • Ben Stiller: Prostate Cancer Test ‘Save My Live.’ (Access August 7, 2017) https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/04/health/ben-stiller-prostate-cancer/index.html
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation. Support Our Partners. (Access August 7, 2017) https://www.pcf.org/c/support-our-partners/

 

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 2017

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the 4Kscore team is eager to do our part to join in the conversation and educate individuals about the risk factors associated with prostate cancer. Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men in the United States, and 1 in 7 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during the course of his life. [1]

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month serves as an ideal platform for medical professionals, health advocates, medical researchers and individuals to share an open dialog about the far-reaching impact of the disease. September was officially designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in 2015 with the intention of:

  • Increasing public awareness about prostate cancer
  • Advocating for more research on prostate cancer
  • Educating the public about the risk factors and symptoms of the disease
  • Making prostate cancer screenings more accessible

Watch for the Blue Ribbon

A light blue ribbon serves as the symbol of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Intended to serve as a reminder and spark conversation, watch for blue ribbons throughout the month, and wear one yourself to support all the men in your life.

Education is Important

Why is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month so important? Education is essential in the fight against prostate cancer.

  • There will be roughly 161,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the US in 2017 [1]
  • There will be roughly 26,700 deaths from prostate cancer in the US in 2017 [1]
  • Localized prostate cancer has a 5-year survival of nearly 100%, while aggressive types of prostate cancer that metastasize have a 5-year survival of approximately 30%. [4]
  • It is important to identify men at risk of aggressive prostate cancer early
  • Low risk men may be followed more conservatively, while high risk men should receive appropriate follow up and treatment
  • About 6 in 10 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older [1]
  • The risk of prostate cancer is 74% higher in black men than in white men [3]

Get Involved!

During the month of September, we encourage you to get involved in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Watch for news and information from trusted sources. Talk to family and friends about the risk of prostate cancer, and the importance of screening. Watch for blue ribbons and use them as an opportunity to start dialog about the importance of prostate health.

The 4Kscore® Test and Early Prostate Cancer Detection

At BioReference Laboratories and GenPath Oncology, we are proud to our part to spread the word about Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. We will be joining in the conversation, throughout the month, on our blog and social media channels. And be on the lookout for a special image to share on our social media pages; for every time the image is shared, we will be donating $1 to Ed Randall’s the Fans 4 the Cure.

As the makers of the 4Kscore Test, a blood test that helps to clarify the biopsy decision-making process by determining a man’s risk factor of having aggressive prostate cancer after an abnormal PSA, we work to shed light on the topic during the month of September and throughout the year.

*As part of this drive, BioReference commits to donate up to $25,000

Celebrate Prostate Cancer Awareness Month & Determine Your 4Kscore

We urge you to use this annual observance as a reminder to stay on top of your prostate health. If you, or a loved one, are due for a prostate cancer screening, we encourage you to speak with your doctor about the 4Kscore Test and #KnowYourScore.

We also encourage you to stay tuned throughout the month of September to discover more ways to celebrate Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with us. Be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Be in the know!

 

  1. American Cancer Society. Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer. Available at https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html (Accessed July 11, 2017).
  2. American Cancer Society. Prostate Cancer Fact Sheet. Available at https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/cancer-control/en/booklets-flyers/prostate-cancer-fact-sheet.pdf (Accessed July 12, 2017).
  3. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2017. Available at https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2017/cancer-facts-and-figures-2017.pdf (Accessed July 12, 2017).
  4. National Cancer Institute. Cancer Stat Facts: Prostate Cancer. Available at https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/prost.html (Accessed July 12, 2017).

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month featured on Hattiesburg American News

For Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Hattiesburg American News spoke with our client Hattiesburg Clinic Urology about the 4Kscore, a revolutionary test that predicts a man’s risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. The test assists physicians, urologists, and nurse practitioners in making better-informed patient care decisions. Please read the full article below and see the original post on Hattiesburg American News.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2016, specifically, the ACS estimates 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, with more than 26,000 of those resulting in death.

It is statistics like these that drive health care providers like Anne Claire Dugas, CNP, to be proactive when treating patients who could be at risk for the disease. Dugas treats a variety of urological conditions, including prostate cancer, in her role as a certified nurse practitioner at Hattiesburg Clinic Urology.

She said there are new adjunctive testing options their practice uses to determine a patient’s risk for prostate cancer. One of these tests is called the 4Kscore.

“This test is considered one of the most accurate blood tests for predicting aggressive prostate cancer, allowing for better-informed patient care decisions. It helps us to identify men most likely to benefit from prostate biopsy,” said Dugas. “It is a simple blood test, which uses a combination of factors, along with information about the patient, in order to predict the probability of cancer spreading to other parts of the body within 20 years. It helps to reassure patients on prostate biopsy decisions.”

The 4Kscore can be used prior to biopsy or after a negative biopsy. Another test, ConfirmMDx®, is specifically for patients who have received a previous negative biopsy within the last 24 months.

“Sometimes patients have a negative biopsy but continue having concerning symptoms, such as a prostate nodule or continually elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen). This brings us to the question of when and if another biopsy is appropriate,” Dugas said. “This test can accurately identify two-thirds of men where prostate cancer would be detected in a repeat biopsy. By this same token, it can identify two-thirds of men with no evidence of prostate cancer in a repeat biopsy, allowing them to avoid an unnecessary repeat prostate biopsy.”

She explained, “We are trying to reduce the rate of unnecessary biopsy, and these new tests help us in that area, to try and detect patients with accelerated risk factors.”

Dugas said an important thing to note regarding both these tests is that nothing is 100 percent effective and not every patient will qualify for them. She also pointed out that just because a patient’s PSA is elevated, doesn’t mean a biopsy would even be considered. She said there could be a number of reasons for that.

For those who are diagnosed with the disease, Dugas said there are treatment options available that don’t require surgery.

“Brachytherapy is our typical approach for most patients with prostate cancer, and it is something that many of the doctors at Hattiesburg Clinic Urology use frequently for their patients,” said Dugas.

Brachytherapy is a less invasive alternative to prostate cancer surgery. It is a procedure in which low dose radioactive seeds are implanted into the prostate gland. The seeds slowly release radiation to destroy the cancer.

Some benefits of brachytherapy compared to surgery include a shorter recovery time; no catheterization; less erectile dysfunction; and minimal bleeding.

“The primary advantage of this procedure is that it delivers radiation to a localized area, which minimizes the exposure of radiation to surrounding tissues,” said Dugas.

Hattiesburg Clinic Urology’s board-certified providers offer urological services with a combined approach of clinical experience, technology and accessibility. Services include lithotripsy, laser therapies, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and more. The practice is located at Hattiesburg Clinic’s main campus, 415 S. 28th Ave., on the first floor.

See original article on Hattiesburg American News