Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Blog

Organized by the AdMeTech Foundation in cooperation with the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition and Men of Color Health Awareness Project, Prostate Cancer Awareness Day highlights our common goal to make Massachusetts a model of national leadership in prostate cancer research, education, and awareness resulting in improved patient care.

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common major cancer in men – and one of the most lethal. Research has shown that family history, age, and ethnicity can be factors that contribute to a man’s chance of having prostate cancer.  But when it comes to the successful treatment of prostate cancer, make no mistake – early detection and screening is the key to saving lives. With early detection, men have a 100% survival rate in 5 years. With late diagnosis, that figure drops dramatically, with a 28% survival rate in 5 years.

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