Men’s Health Network (MHN) is seeking to raise awareness of men's health issues this month, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
This monthlong observance seeks to increase awareness of how prostate cancer impacts men in the United States. Prostate cancer remains the leading cancer in American men, according to MHN.
MHN reports that 2.8 million American men are living with prostate cancer, and more than 26,000 men die from the disease annually. The American Cancer Society reports that about 161,000 men are expected be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017.
In addition, the U.S. has the 14th highest rate of prostate cancer worldwide, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
“Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is a crucial awareness period, reminding men and their families about the importance of prostate health and early detection,” Ana Fadich, vice president of MHN, said in the press release. “A PSA test can be a life-saving tool for early detection and by creating a benchmark against which you and your health care provider can measure future tests.”
MHN encourages men to start screening as early as 40 if they are at risk, and other should start to screen at age 50.
MHN will continue health partnerships this month. This includes a Twitter chat with the Urology Care Foundation on Sept. 29, as well as other social media activities.
MHN has also posted on its website recommendations from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, free downloadable fact sheets, brochures and posters, links to national advocacy organizations, and a social media toolkit. In addition, MHF has posted YouTube videos showing states ranked by prostate cancer deaths and incidence.