Prostate cancer is the second-leading cancer killer of American men, after lung cancer. It’s also the second most common, after skin cancer. So Paragould Mayor Josh Agee has proclaimed that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month.
Accompanied by 15-year prostate cancer survivor and Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) board member Jerry Jett, Agee urged in the proclamation for “all residents to become involved in the war on prostate cancer through the state’s education and advocacy initiatives and the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation.”
Information from the American Cancer Society indicated that prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year in 248,530 American men, 2,470 of which will be Arkansans. A total of 34,130 American men, including 270 Arkansans, will die of prostate cancer in 2021. “That’s one every 15 minutes nationwide,” Jett said.
One out of every six African-American men is likely to develop prostate cancer, and African-Americans are 2.2 times as likely to die from it.
If caught early, prostate cancer is almost 100 percent survivable; after five years, however, the probability of survival is only about 30 percent if it spreads to other areas.
The disease develops in later life. About six cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older; it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.
More information about the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation and prostate cancer is available at arprostatecancer.org.