Health Dept. Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness

Urges Men & Their Families to Learn More about Risk Factors, Family History

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department is observing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September by urging men and their families to learn more about the disease’s risk factors, including whether there is a family history of prostate cancer. 

“Prostate Cancer Awareness Month reinforces our commitment to preventing, detecting and treating this disease through greater education and awareness.  We encourage men to make informed decisions and take control of their health,” said Acting Health Director Dr. Ron Voorhees.

“The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends against routine PSA screening for men who have no symptoms.  This means it is even more important for men and their families to talk to their health care providers to make informed and shared decisions about screening,” said Dr. Voorhees.

The new recommendation can be found on the CDC's webpage about World Wide Web Icon Informed Decision Making.

Prostate cancer is a significant threat to men’s health.  It is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men.  According to the American Cancer Society, nearly a quarter of a million new cases are diagnosed in the United States every year and about one in three are diagnosed when men are in their prime years at work.

The exact cause of prostate cancer remains unknown, but certain risk factors such as age, family history and race are associated with the disease.  The older a man is the greater his risk for getting prostate cancer.  Men with a father, brother or son who has had prostate cancer are two to three times more likely to develop the disease. African-American men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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