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. 
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 
- There will be roughly 26,700 deaths from prostate cancer in the US in 2017 
- 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%. 
- 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 
- The risk of prostate cancer is 74% higher in black men than in white men 
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!
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- National Cancer Institute. Cancer Stat Facts: Prostate Cancer. Available at https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/prost.html (Accessed July 12, 2017).