“Nearly 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, including more than 9,000 in Illinois,” said Jamie Bearse, CEO of ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer. “ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge raises funds that are critical for increasing awareness and fighting the disease.”
Funds raised from ZERO Prostate Cancer Run help prostate cancer research funding, promote awareness, supports free testing, and education efforts.
Facts about Prostate CancerProstate cancer is a malignant growth in the tissue of the prostate, which is a gland in the male reproductive system. The prostate is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It wraps around the urethra, the tube through which urine flows. Cancer can cause the tumor to grow, and this can result in urine retention.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers found in American men. In the curable stages, prostate cancer is not symptomatic.
It is important that men should begin prostate testing at age 50.
There are two tests used to diagnose the disease:
- PSA blood test measures the prostate antigen in the blood
- DRE (digital rectal exam) involves a more invasive process of the doctor feeling for bumps or hard areas in your prostate
About the Author:
Trish has worked for 180 Medical for almost three years as the Nebraska Office Coordinator. She lives in Nebraska,with her husband and daughters.