(Linthicum, MD, Tuesday, September 10, 2019) – Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men, both in the United States and worldwide. In 2019, nearly 175,000 US men will be told they have prostate cancer – that is one new case every 3 minutes. Globally, the number increases to one new case every 41 seconds.
Early detection is key to living prostate cancer free, which is why the American Urological Association (AUA) and Urology Care Foundation are gearing up for September, Prostate Cancer Awareness month, to raise awareness about the disease and encourage men to know their risk and talk to their doctor.
The AUA recommends men ages 55 to 69 talk to their health care provider about whether prostate cancer testing is right for them. For men at a ‘higher risk’ for developing the disease, such as African-American men or men with a family history, consider talking to your health care provider as early as 40 to 54 years of age about the benefits and risks of testing.
Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 22,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.
The Urology Care Foundation is the world’s leading nonprofit urological health foundation, and the official foundation of the American Urological Association. Partnering with physicians, researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers, families and the public, the Foundation supports and improves urologic clinical care by funding research, developing patient education and pursuing philanthropic support. To learn more about the Urology Care Foundation and its programs, visit www.urologyhealth.org.