Veterans are a high-risk population for prostate cancer, with an incidence rate that is twice that of the general population. ZERO is committed to bring the Veteran community the resources, tools, and education needed to fight and prevent the disease. Click here to explore existing resources.
The ZERO Prostate Cancer Veterans Initiative has 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
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.
What ZERO is Doing to Solve This Crisis
To help raise awareness around the correlation between military service and prostate cancer, and to help bring resources to Vets actively fighting prostate cancer, ZERO has several active initiatives for both Veterans and medical providers. Learn about them here! Have an idea for an initiative you’d like to see? Email Ali Manson, VP of Government Relations and Advocacy, at email@example.com.
ZERO launched its “50 Vets in 50 States” campaign to develop state leaders among the almost 500,000 Veterans nationwide battling prostate cancer. This campaign aims to bring awareness to the numerous Veterans facing prostate cancer nationwide, by identifying men who made the sacrifice to serve our country, not knowing that their exposure to various hazards during their service would lead to a battle with prostate cancer. Today, nearly half a million Veterans are facing prostate cancer, and Vets have a risk of prostate cancer which is double that of civilians. Click here to learn more about the campaign and learn how to get involved!
Supporting The Mission Act
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) launched the Mission Act in an attempt to offer Veterans a broader network of medical care outside the VA. With an estimated 500,000 Veterans in the VA system with prostate cancer, it’s critical for patients to have access to options to receive treatment and care closer to home. Patients and Providers can utilize the below resources about how to access care via the Mission Act:
- You can learn more about the VA’s Mission Act by downloading this PDF for patients, which allows eligible Veterans to find c community provider in VA’s network, make an appointment, and get timely, high-quality care.
Sign up for advocacy alerts so you can be informed of the latest updates and breakthroughs on Capitol Hill. Learn more about the ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit or sign up for a Virtual Run/Walk to connect with other Veterans.
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