I am a member of the NFLPA, with membership I get loads of opportunities for different events and issues. e.g. (Fund raisers, Golf Outings) The Chicago Chapter of the NFLPA has on occasion arranged for full Prostate Cancer examinations. Since becoming a member in 2005 I have not once received an examination. On April 28, I am receiving my first Prostate Cancer Examination, ever. I am 46 years of age.
What took so long?
Many males choose the bury the head in sand technique, we think if we do not think about it, it will never happen. No one in my circle of friends have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer; that I am aware of.
African American men also are 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease than Caucasian men.
Prostate cancer is the single most diagnosed non-skin cancer among African Americans: 30,870 will be diagnosed this year alone.
While the mortality rate is dropping, prostate cancer is still the second-leading cause of cancer death in African American men. For African American men, prostate cancer deaths are projected to drop 15.4 percent over two years, with an estimated 5,050 deaths in 2005 and an estimated 4,240 deaths in 2007.
Actual death rates for African American men have also been dropping, averaging 64 per 100,000 men in the period from 2000-2003, down 9 percent from an average of 70.4 per 100,000 men from 1997-2001.
For an African American man, the chances of getting prostate cancer are 1 in 3 if you have just one close relative (father, brother) with the disease. The risk is 83% with two close relatives. With three, it’s almost a certainty (97%).
There are no noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer while it is still in the early stages. This is why screening is so critical. Every African American man age 40 or older should resolve to be screened annually for prostate cancer.
Before the advent of early detection through PSA screening, about three-fourths of all prostate cancer cases were found in the late stages. With the widespread use of screening, 88 percent of cases in African American men are now found early.
Nearly 100% of African American men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer are still alive five years from diagnosis. Of African American men diagnosed in the late stages of the disease, 29% survive five years (not including those who died from causes other than prostate cancer.)
All prostate cancer statistics are 2007-2008 estimates by the American Cancer Society.
If you are an African American male over the age of forty, you need a Prostate examination. If diagnosed early you have a great chance to be treated successfully. If you have a love one, husband, cousin, uncles encourage them to get a prostate examination.
Good Information, now what are you going to do with it?