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American Cancer Society provides help, answers for men with prostate cancer

Posted: September 2, 2010 4:25 p.m.
Updated: September 2, 2010 4:25 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES -- The American Cancer Society works to research prostate cancer, provides outreach and support programs for men who have been diagnosed, and encourages awareness of the disease.

The "Man to Man" personal support program gives facts, statistics, and advice that can help men to cope with prostate cancer and its treatment.

In 2010, the American Cancer Society expects 20,120 new cases, and 3,035 deaths in California. These figures make prostate cancer the most common cancer among men in almost all racial/ethnic groups in California.

The Society recommends that beginning at age 50, men with no symptoms of prostate cancer who are in relatively good health and can expect to live at least 10 more years, have the chance to make an informed decision with their doctor about screening after learning about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits associated with prostate cancer screening.

Health care providers should offer the PSA blood test and digital rectal examination annually to these men.

The Society also recommends men at high risk -- African-American men and men who have a father, brother, or son diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 -- begin those conversations earlier, at age 45.

Men at higher risk-those with multiple family members affected by the disease before age 65-should start even earlier, at age 40.

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