Prostate cancer is a primary focus of the campaign. It is the most common cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men. In 2008, The American Cancer Society estimates that about 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and approximately 28,660 men will die of prostate cancer. The Illinois State Cancer Registry estimates approximately 8,340 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Illinois during 2008 and 1,330 men will die from it. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. Prostate cancer accounts for about 9 percent of cancer-related deaths in men.
“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer about five years ago. But because it was caught early, I can happily say I’m cancer free. If it were not for early detection, the outcome could have been very different,” said Dr. Arnold. “I urge every man to overcome their fears of prostate cancer exams, whether due to embarrassment or the fear of a positive finding, because ultimately, that exam could save your life.”
Larry Meyers was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992, but 16 years later he says he’s really glad he caught the cancer early and had surgery and that’s why he’s still here today to talk about it. Larry still goes every six months for a blood test to make sure he stays cancer free.
“The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) is simply a blood test that is painless, as is the rectal exam. It’s nothing to be afraid of. My cancer was caught in a screening allowing me to live longer or possibly even saving my life.”