State to begin prostate cancer education program

APState to begin prostate cancer education program

March 12th

(AP) — Massachusetts is launching a new statewide campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

Organizers of the effort announced Thursday they hope to bring new approaches to screening, diagnosis and treatment of a common cancer among men that experts say is curable when detected early.

AdMeTech Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is coordinating the public awareness campaign with support from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

About 600 men in Massachusetts are expected to die from prostate cancer this year and the foundation says the mortality rate in the past among blacks has been 250 percent higher than the overall population.

The group also says thousands of men have unnecessary treatment for the disease or have unnecessary biopsies that can lead to other complications.