Knowledge is Power
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Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (PCAW)
September 16 - 22, 2012
The PCEC organizes hundreds of free or low cost screening sites for men across the country each year during PCAW, which has resulted in nearly 5 million men being provided with early detection for prostate health issues. Prostate cancer is nearly 100% survivable when detected in its earliest stages. Men should: "Choose to Know" their risk for the disease and "Know to Choose" treatment options, including watchful waiting after speaking with their doctor.
One of the oldest and most successful coordinated cancer screening programs in history... and we have only just begun to reach the millions of people who need to hear our message.
What We Do
Each year the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC) coordinates the national Prostate Conditions Awareness Week program. Local screening sites across America offer FREE or LOW COST prostate cancer screenings to men over the age of 40 years or high-risk males over the age of 35 years. Although some screening sites have there own criteria on screening guidelines, PCEC recommends, a baseline prostate health assessment, to include a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE), for all men starting at age 35 years of age. PCEC also supports screenings, health fairs, education and awareness event year round as well.
Why Our Work Together Is Important
Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. There is often no way to detect prostate cancer in its early stages except through a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE) done by a trained professional. Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is a program designed to assist local communities with screening information guidelines, educational material, screening questionnaires, blood processing and marketing media kits. The PCEC collects data from dedicated professionals who make it possible to evaluate and track the development of prostate cancer and identify the current trends and issues associated with prostate cancer. Without the cooperation and commitment of hundreds of people across America, it would be impossible to do the promotion and awareness campaigns that have benefited millions of men and saved thousands of lives.
Since Prostate Cancer Awareness Week was initiated in 1989, the amount of research dollars earmarked for prostate cancer has tripled. In addition, nearly 60 percent of new cases are localized and potentially curable, indicating a dramatic increase in awareness among the general population about the importance of early detection. Aside from screening thousands of men, Prostate Cancer Awareness Week has also yielded valuable information on several important research issues.