Prostate Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Falling Back Into Healthy Routines
09.05.13 | By Kaelan Hollon
With the start of school and everyone resuming their normal routine, now is the time to schedule your regular doctor’s visit. Given the craziness of summer, health is often an afterthought -- but now is the time to make it a priority.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the best way to prevent these devastating diseases is to proactively get a check-up. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the U.S., and The American Cancer Society predicts that approximately 238,590 new cases would be diagnosed this year. For women, approximately 22,240 cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed this year and the disease ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women.
With more than one million people in the U.S. diagnosed with cancer each year, finding new treatments is a priority to many people. This fact was confirmed last month by a survey we commissioned on America’s health views, concerns and progress. It found that approximately 86 percent of Americans believe that developing cures for more forms of cancer should be one of the top national health priorities, and the biopharmaceutical industry is working toward this objective. There are more than 90 medicines in development for the treatment of prostate cancer and approximately 64 medicines in development for ovarian cancer.
When it comes protecting yourself against health challenges like prostate cancer and ovarian cancer, the best defense is a good offense. Take the time today to call your doctor and be proactive about your health. For prevention tips, check out the Women Against Prostate Cancer fact sheet and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s tips.