There’s a new chapter for Veterans in the fight against prostate cancer. Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness (VPCa) and ZERO have joined forces to recognize Veterans as a high-risk population for the disease. Watch this video to learn more about this partnership that will address the critical needs of Veterans who are facing prostate cancer.
Breaking News: ZERO is joining forces with Veterans the Prostate Cancer Awareness group to fight prostate cancer in the veteran community.@DrNealDunnFL2 @RachelBadovinacRamoni UroGPO
Posted by ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer on Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Veterans are a high-risk population for prostate cancer, with an incidence rate that is twice that of the general population. ZERO and VPCa are united in the effort to bring the Veteran community the resources, tools, and education needed to fight and prevent the disease.
Through this partnership, ZERO and VPCa will work together to achieve three key goals:
- Create a standardized clinical pathway for prostate cancer care within the VHA System
- Provide prostate cancer educational materials and research support for Veterans, physicians, and active-duty military
- Support the care and funding of Veterans through legislative efforts
An Urgent Need
There are some alarming numbers related to Veterans and prostate cancer that require immediate action as well as long-term planning to ensure that Veterans get the support they need.
- 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 (VHA).
- Prostate cancer rates in the military were twice those in the general population.
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis among U.S. 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 patients and their families
Sign up for advocacy alerts so you can be informed of the latest updates and breakthroughs on Capitol Hill. Attend the 2020 ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit or sign up for a Run/Walk to connect with other Veterans.
ZERO is thrilled to be partnering with VPCa, which was founded by Navy Veteran and prostate cancer patient, Mike Crosby, to promote prostate cancer awareness among active-duty military members and Veterans.
Thanks to the following sponsors who believe in this important effort: