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Prostate Cancer Awareness

by kier July 20 2011 08:36

180 Medical recently helped sponsor an event in Detroit, Michigan, to help raise awareness and educate the public about prostate cancer. Michigan Institute for Urology created a 5K run/walk called the MIU Run For The Ribbon to raise awareness and funds to benefit prostate cancer treatment, research and education in Michigan.

According to the National Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. There will be 240,890 new cases this year alone and about 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  

The prostate is a gland located in front of the rectum and underneath the urinary bladder. It is found only in men.

You are considered at high risk for prostate cancer if you are at least 50 years old, African-American race, have a family history of prostate cancer, or consume a high-fat diet. It is recommended to have a physician check your prostate yearly.

Photo credit: Michigan Institute of Urology, Run For The Ribbon