September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Knowledge is Power over Disease That Affects Millions

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#UsTOO–National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month during September is especially
significant for the estimated 2 million men in the U.S. living with
prostate cancer. That number is expected to double over the next eight
years as baby boomers age. Each of these men and his spouse/partner and
loved ones need information about various treatments and side effect
management to minimize the impact of the disease and maximize the
quality of life.

Us TOO International is a prostate cancer nonprofit that provides
educational resources and support services to the prostate cancer
community at no charge. The services provided include more than 250
volunteer-led support groups throughout the U.S. and abroad to help men
and their loved ones make informed decisions about prostate cancer
detection, active surveillance, treatment options and management of side
effects.

“Support groups and educational forums provide an invaluable service to
the prostate cancer community,” notes Us TOO CEO Chuck Strand.
“Understandably, a prostate cancer diagnosis or disease progression is
stressful due in part to the education required and support needed to
identify the best option for moving forward. The peer-to-peer
interaction at support groups includes sharing perspective and knowledge
from others who have ‘been there and done that.’”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men and the second leading
cause of men’s cancer death killing nearly 30,000 annually. While most
men diagnosed are at least 50 years old, the disease also affects
younger men – especially those who are at high-risk, which includes
African Americans, those with prostate cancer in the family, and
military veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.

Prostate cancer has no symptoms until it’s advanced. But if detected
early, it is often treatable. Testing includes a PSA (prostate specific
antigen) blood test and a DRE (digital rectal exam); a biopsy is
required to diagnose prostate cancer.

About Us TOO International

In 1990, Us TOO was founded by—and continues to be governed by—people
directly affected by prostate cancer. Us TOO International is a
nonprofit that serves the prostate cancer community by providing
educational resources and support services at no charge. The mission of
Us TOO is to provide hope and improve the lives of those affected by
prostate cancer through support, education and advocacy. Find
information on Us TOO support groups and resources at www.ustoo.org or
call 800-808-7866.

Contacts

Us TOO International
Tim Mix
Communications Manager
Phone:
(630) 795-1002
Email: timothym@ustoo.org