ZERO Has Launched a New Partnership to Address Prostate Cancer and Veterans
There’s a new chapter for Veterans in the fight against prostate cancer. Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness (VPCA) and ZERO – The End of Prostate cancer have joined forces to recognize Veterans as a high-risk population for the disease. Nearly 489,000 Veterans have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. This partnership marks the first steps to address the critical needs of Veterans who are facing prostate cancer and urges the creation of disease screening standards for the Veterans Administration.
Veterans have an incidence rate for prostate cancer that is twice that of the general population. ZERO and VPCA are united in the effort to bring the Veterans community the resources, tools, and education needed to fight or prevent the disease.
Thoughts to ponder …
- Nearly 489,000 prostate cancer patients are in the VA health system. 16,000 of these patients have metastatic prostate cancer.
- 9 million Veterans receive healthcare from the Veterans Health Administration.
- Prostate cancer rates in the military were twice those in the general population.
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis among US Veterans.
- The burden of prostate cancer among Veterans is substantial with over 200,000 survivors and 12,000 new diagnoses annually.
- 1 in 9 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. For Veterans, that risk increases to 1 in 5. For African American Veterans, the risk is even higher at 1 in 4.
VPCA was founded by Navy Veteran and prostate cancer patient, Mike Crosby, to promote prostate cancer awareness among active-duty military members and Veterans.