PROSTATE CANCER TDE PROGRAM
Prostate Cancer is treatable when detected early and your chance for survival is 99 percent. Virginia Mae King Foundation patient advocates speak up for those who cannot and bridging the gap between healthcare providers, patients, families, and caregivers. Patient advocates bring human compassion ensuring the needs of the patient are always first. We will help the cancer community navigate this challenging healthcare system. Our patient population is diverse, and our impact is felt in all areas of healthcare and in the community. We are here to help…
1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. As we begin to unlock the genetic underpinnings of cancer, we realize more and more that men may also be at increased risk of prostate cancer if they have a strong family history of other cancers, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, or pancreatic cancer.
Men of African descent are 79% more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with white men, and 2.2 times more likely to die from the disease. Genes for disease can run in families. Men who have a relative with prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease, while those with 2 or more relatives are nearly 4 times as likely to be diagnosed. The risk is even higher if the affected family members were diagnosed before age 65.
Screening for Prostate Cancer
Cancer is a frightening possibility, but today’s medical technology has put some powerful screening tools in our hands, and we know: early detection saves lives. The earlier you find out about cancer, the greater the likelihood that it can be successfully treated. Prostate cancer is almost 99% treatable if detected early.