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Prostate Cancer / Breast Cancer Brother / Sister Diseases Your Name PCCNC Women’s Programs www.pccnc.org Your phone number. Prostate Cancer Coalition of North Carolina. Had your annual mammogram? We are all concerned about Breast Cancer 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with BC .

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Prostate Cancer / Breast Cancer

Brother / Sister Diseases

Your Name

PCCNC Women’s Programs

www.pccnc.org

Your phone number

Prostate Cancer Coalition of North Carolina


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Had your annual mammogram?

We are all concerned about Breast Cancer

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with BC

Has your partner had a prostate exam?

We need to be concerned about Prostate Cancer

1 in 5 men will be diagnosed

Screening is key


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Prostate Cancer: Epidemic In The United States

  • ~230,000 new cases reported cases this year

  • ~30,000 deaths from prostate cancer this year

  • Second leading cause of cancer deaths among American men


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Prostate Cancer:

Epidemic In North Carolina

  • Fifth highest death rate in nation

  • African-American men in NC have the highest death rate in the world 

  • 6,800 newly diagnosed cases this year 

  • ~900 men will die this year in NC alone


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My Story

  • Supplement details about your personal story/why you advocate for awareness here


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Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

  • Family History

  • Ethnicity

  • Nutrition


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Myths

  • Prostate cancer is an old man’s disease

  • Prostate cancer is easy to cure

  • Men die with prostate cancer, not from it

  • Prostate cancer is slow growing

  • Prostate cancer always exhibits symptoms


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Annual Check-ups Are His Best Defense

  • The earlier Prostate Cancer is detected, the better chances of survival

  • Early detection means there are more treatment options available


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How Often Should He Be Tested ?

  • “Benchmark” at 40 & 45

  • Annually, if....

    • He is over 50

    • He is over 40 and have a risk factor such as

      • family history of prostate cancer

      • African-American descent


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What Tests Are Used to Screen for PC?

  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test

    • Desirable value is age and history dependent

  • Digital Rectal Examination (DRE)

    • “No abnormalities felt” is the desirable outcome

  • Both tests are needed for complete screening


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Statistics Demonstrate Women Are Better…

  • than men about seeing their physicians on a regular basis

  • A “LITTLE” coaxing may be in order….


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Possible Symptoms

  • Frequent urination at night

  • Weak or interrupted urine flow

  • Inability to urinate

  • Painful or burning urination

  • Blood in urine

  • Pain or stiffness in lower back or hips

  • Decreased sexual function


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Urge Him to See a Physician

  • Offer to make the appointment

  • Make sure doctor’s office schedules PC screening

  • Suggest that you both talk to someone you know who has had prostate testing

  • Be supportive

  • Don’t Panic……


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Don’t Panic, Because He May

  • not have prostate cancer

  • have a non-cancerous swelling of the prostate

  • have an inflammation of the prostate


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If He Is Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

  • Start by asking the doctor about treatment options, side effects

  • Become a student, do your own research, become informed

  • Research: library, internet

  • Contact local PC support group to speak personally to a survivor and his partner


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Help him take control

Examine his choices with him

Ask questions about treatment

Match treatment with the man

Education is everything

Visit or join a support group

Talk about it together

Make it a team effort

If He is Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer


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Summary

  • Take care of yourself – get annual mammograms

  • Have your man get a “benchmark” PSA at 40

    • Repeat at 45

  • Annually after 50

  • If you encounter resistance from medical community, INSIST ON SCREENING!!!



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