September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Disease Without Initial Symptoms to Claim
27,000 Lives in 2017

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#MensHealth–Awareness for prostate cancer is especially important since the disease
has no symptoms until it’s advanced. It will claim the lives of
approximately 27,000 men this year. In an effort to elevate awareness,
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. One in seven men
will be diagnosed with prostate cancer – the most common non-skin,
male-specific cancer. Nearly three million men in the US are living with
a prostate cancer diagnosis; and that number is estimated to reach four
million by 2024 as baby boomers age.

“Too often a simple PSA blood test for prostate cancer isn’t part of a
man’s annual physical exam,” notes Chuck Strand, CEO of Us TOO
International, a nonprofit that provides educational resources and
support services to the prostate cancer community at no charge. “An
elevated PSA level doesn’t necessarily indicate prostate cancer. But
think of it like a ‘check engine’ light on your car. It’s information
that’s good to have for making an informed decision.”

Results from the PSA blood test along with a DRE (digital rectal exam)
may indicate the need for a biopsy, which is required to diagnose
prostate cancer. If diagnosed early, prostate cancer is often treatable.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force provides a “C” recommendation
for PSA–based screening for prostate cancer for men who are between 55
and 69 years of age. Their recommendation does not address testing for
men who are at high-risk for prostate cancer, which includes African
Americans, men with a history of prostate cancer in the family, and
military veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other chemicals.
While 97 percent of the men diagnosed with prostate cancer are at least
50 years old, men who are at high-risk should make an informed decision
about starting annual PSA testing at the age of 40.

More than 200 Us TOO prostate cancer support groups throughout the US
and abroad meet every month to help men and their loved ones make
informed decisions. During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Us
TOO will be hosting and participating in a series of additional events
that include:

September 10, Chicago, IL: The
13th Annual SEA Blue Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk & 5K Run

September 10, Tinley Park, IL: PCa Blue Concert – Marty
Sammon’s Blues Fling

September 8 – 10, Los Angeles, CA: 2017
PCRI Prostate Cancer Conference

September 16, Detroit, MI: Seventh
Annual Prostate Cancer Advocacy Summit

September 18, Chicago, IL: Sons
and Daughters of the Blues Jam

September 21-22, Washington, D.C.: 13th
Annual African-American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit

September 23, Wilmington, NC: Community
Conversation on Prostate Cancer

September 23, Moline, IL: First
Annual Rudy’s 1 Mile Run & Walk for Prostate Cancer

September 24, Quad Cities, IL/IA: Quad
Cities Marathon

Strand states, “In addition to a variety of September events, Us TOO has
recently launched some exciting new features on our website at A
free Clinical Trial Finder tool helps patients easily and confidentially
navigate available clinical trials specific to location and diagnosis. A
new page on genomic testing provides some of the latest information on a
new method of testing that can help personalize treatment options and

For more information on any of these events or for prostate cancer
support, visit,
email, or call

About Us TOO International

Us TOO International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves the prostate
cancer community by providing educational materials and resources at no
charge. The organization was founded by—and continues to be governed
by—people directly affected by prostate cancer. Us TOO develops digital
and printed educational materials and support services that include more
than 200 support groups, the Us TOO website (,
online communities, toll-free HelpLine (1-800-808-7866), and the monthly
distribution of Hot SHEET newsletter and Prostate Cancer
News You Can Use
, in addition to educational/awareness events such
as Community Conversations on Prostate Cancer and the annual SEA Blue
Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk & Run.


Us TOO International
Tim Mix
Communications Manager
(630) 795-1002