What The 2018 Cancer Facts & Figures Really Mean for Prostate Cancer
Recently released Cancer Facts & Figures data indicates that this year, prostate cancer deaths saw the largest jump in a decade.
Why? The United States Preventative Task Force Service and medical institutions like Dartmouth University fight against prostate cancer testing, claiming that a high PSA blood test instantly converts a patient into over-treatment for the disease. However, deterring men from a simple blood test as a practice is killing some of those men. These are the men who will then not catch their disease until it is at an advanced stage.
In 2017, deaths from prostate cancer were estimated to total 26,730; this year, it is estimated at 29,430. This jump proves why early detection is so important: a man’s chances of five-year survival from the disease plummets from 99 percent to 30 percent if caught at a later stage.
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Hear more from our CEO on what these new statistics mean for men and their families
How You Helped the Fight Against Prostate Cancer in 2017
With deaths from prostate cancer on the rise, our commitment and passion to end the disease is more urgent than ever. As we continue this fight together, we wanted to share some of the many ways YOU helped make a difference in 2017:
- Prostate cancer research funding was increased from $80M to $90M to help fund new treatment options and diagnostic tools
- 38 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walks across the country to provide more than $561,000 in local grants to support early detection, research, and patient support
- Helped change the “D” rating of the PSA test to a “C” to encourage more men to talk with their doctor about their risks
- 478 patients in 46 states were supported by providing access to financial and emotional resources through ZERO360
- More than $187,206 was obtained in debt relief for patients
Because of our generous donors, champions, and volunteers, MORE men and their families will be helped this year; thank you! Check out how your generosity helped more men in 2017.
Can we count you in to help us say YES to more patients in 2018? Find out the many ways to get involved with ZERO.
Protect Prostate Cancer Research Funding
It is more critical than ever to preserve and advance cancer research, patient care, and access to affordable, high quality medical services. Each year, ZERO hosts a three-day Prostate Cancer Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., bringing together advocates from around the country who are passionate about making prostate cancer a national priority.
This year’s Summit on February 25 – 27, 2018 will feature interactive, educational panels on the latest scientific breakthroughs, advocacy training on how to be an effective thought leader in your local community, and meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill to educate Congress on the importance of maintaining federal prostate cancer research funding.
We encourage applications from advocates all over the country, but are looking for individuals from key target districts: Gary, Michigan City, and Valparaiso, IN, St. Paul and Woodbury, MN, Houston and Pasadena, TX, as well as Maine and Vermont.
Learn more today.