Gov. Charlie Baker proclaims Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Awareness Day

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By Anne Gerald Flynn

BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker has proclaimed today Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Awareness Day and he and nine other legislators, including Representatives Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield), and Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002, appear in a related video,We All Agree 2015,” by the non-profit AdMeTech Foundation. There is also a video about the importance of talking to a doctor about prostate screening on the website of the state Department of Public Health.

There are two tests for prostate cancer.

Here are some facts about prostate cancer from the American Cancer Society:

  • Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men
  • About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
  • Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men.
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer.
  • Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it.