Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
September 1 – September 30 CDT
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed in September. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month brings prostate cancer into focus, and increases public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated prostate cancer information throughout the year.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month educates the public that prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and is a leading cause of cancer death in men, second only to lung cancer. Staying informed about prevention and screening is an important step in reducing one’s risk of developing prostate cancer.
PSA screening has profoundly changed the natural history of prostate cancer in the United States. From 1992 – 2014, there was a 75% decrease in the percentage of men diagnosed with metasteses and 53% decrease in the prostate cancer mortality rate. The Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) estimated that 45% – 70% of the mortality decrease is directly attributable to PSA screening.