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Conversations with patients, survivors, and physicians zero in on disease outcomes that are rarely openly discussed

For the first time, ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, is launching a podcast series. The series, titled, Prostate Cancer Uncensored, launched this month in honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The podcast will feature different series and focuses, the first of which will put a spotlight on sexual side effects.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer among American men, and one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among men. The prostate gland is crucial to the functionality of the male reproductive system – thus, prostate cancer can have serious implications on a man’s sexual health. Long-term or lifelong side effects from the disease and/or its treatments include erectile dysfunction, loss of sex drive, infertility, or other hormone-related issues.

“Four out of five prostate cancer patients struggle with poor sexual function after treatment,” said ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse. “When there’s an impact on sexual health, the stigma related to prostate cancer can be amplified. This series shines a light on these topics to help men know that they’re not alone.”

In the debut episode of the first series, Bearse is joined by Emmy Award-winning NBA analyst and host Glenn Consor. Consor – a prostate cancer survivor – talks candidly about his experience of sex after prostate cancer. “The sexual aspect of prostate cancer is a big deal, and it’s okay to talk about it. It’s taboo to talk about this stuff, but as men, we need to keep learning about our bodies.”

In October, listeners can hear how prostate cancer patients can better understand facts around sex and intimacy. Listeners will also receive tips on facing romantic relationships post-prostate cancer, and the taboos around having these conversations. The episode also discusses erectile dysfunction and devices specifically designed to increase blood flow stimulation to penile nerves. Dr. Rachel Rubin, a urologist at IntimMedicine Specialists who specializes in sexual health, joins Bearse for this informative conversation.

Other topics in the sexual health series will explore being a partner in a relationship affected by the sexual side effects of prostate cancer, as well as looking at how sexual side effects from the disease impact same-sex relationships. Future guests include Dr. Stacey Loeb, a urologic oncologist at New York University’s Langone Health, plus other leading experts in the field. Future programming will explore issues such as depression, life-after prostate cancer, genetic risks, and more. 

The first series of Prostate Cancer Uncensored will air monthly through December 2019. Episodes are available via multiple podcast platforms. The podcast launched out of the need for more frank and frequent conversations around prostate cancer. Over half of the regular podcast listeners in the U.S. are male, making this medium a ready solution for reaching men affected by the disease. For more information, visit zerocancer.org/podcasts.

About ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer
ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer and help all who are impacted. ZERO advances research, provides support, and creates solutions to achieve health equity to meet the most critical needs of our community. From early detection to survivorship, ZERO is the premier resource for prostate cancer patients and their families to access comprehensive support, make meaningful connections, and take action to save lives. Our dedicated national and chapter staff is joined with a growing team of passionate volunteer champions to increase advocacy, awareness, and community engagement to ZERO out prostate cancer. ZERO is recognized with four out of four stars by Charity Navigator and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. ZERO spends more on programs than any other prostate cancer charity, dedicating 85 cents of every dollar to support, education, and research.