Prostate Cancer is Canada’s second leading cause of cancer deaths, second only to lung cancer.
In 2013 it’s estimated that over 23,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and an estimated 3,900 will die as a result of the disease.
What You Might Want to Know
- Abnormal growth of cells in the prostate gland
- Diet can help prevent Prostate Cancer
- Family history is an important risk factor
- Early detection is important in successful treatment
- B.C. offers world class treatment options
A Few Facts & Stats
- Prostate Cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Canadian men (behind lung cancer).
- It is the second leading cause of male cancer deaths. Current fatality rate is about 25%.
- Prostate Cancer afflicts men 45 years of age and older, with the incidence increasing with age. Men with a family history of Prostate Cancer are at increased risk so the examinations and tests should begin at age 40.
- Prostate Cancer has no known causes or prevention, unlike HIV/AIDS, heart or lung diseases.
- Detection and treatment in its earliest stages (while it is still small and confined to the prostate) provides the best chance for a complete cure.
- PSA tests in B.C. are not covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP). Prostate Cancer is a “silent disease” and the best chance for a cure is through early detection before the onset symptoms. The PSA test is the single best blood test for detecting tumours in all forms of cancer and should be used in conjunction with the DRE.
- PSA tests are covered if you have a history of Prostate Cancer in your family. Please see your doctor for details.
The numbers and facts can be overwhelming! That’s why we are her to help.
Join us at one of our meetings, speak to our members and you’ll see why our groups across Canada are so informative and essential to anyone facing the disease.