New Hope For Men With Prostate Cancer

American men are 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are to develop breast cancer. Yet for years, research to save men from prostate cancer fell behind and it seemed like a lost cause. But today, there is hope.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation was established in 1993 to pioneer new ways to speed up treatments and search for a cure. The Foundation has managed to dramatically fight the disease, spur innovative research, attract new people to the field, get a myriad of drugs into clinical trials, and speed up science.

In 2010, the Prostate Cancer Foundation launched  the National Campaign to Cure Prostate Cancer in order to give new hope to men fighting the disease. The major goals of the campaign are to raise money for the fight, to coordinate the research to speed up results and to educate men and their families about the tools and information they need to make the right decisions regarding treatment options.

The Foundation founded a consortium of eight leading cancer centers around the country, dedicated to working together to quickly develop and test treatments for advanced prostate cancer.

Partly because of the work the Foundation does, deaths from the disease have declined 30%. But much more must be done. America is losing 2,666 men a month to prostate cancer. That’s 32,000 deaths each year. Deaths are expected to increase dramatically as the baby boomer generation are moving into the age 50-plus… the optimum target range of this disease. By 2015, it is predicted that more than 300,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease every year. And every death means a lost father, grandfather, husband, son, uncle or brother. We need a cure. We are in a race against time.

Dr. Donald Coffey, pioneer cancer researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital,  states that “For the first time in my life, I honestly think we can cure prostate cancer.

So gentlemen, what does all this mean to you? It means that you should be sure to have your physical exam each year and be sure to have your PSA blood test performed. That simple blood test and physical exam can detect disease in its early stages and give you your best hope for a complete cure.

Your friends at hope that if you do get the disease, you will be blessed with a cure and be counted amongst other prostate cancer survivors, including actor Sidney Poitier, Los Angeles Dodger manager, Joe Torres, and General Norman Schwarzkopf.

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