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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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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. My Story • Supplement details about your personal story/why you advocate for awareness here

    6. Prostate Cancer Risk Factors • Family History • Ethnicity • Nutrition

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. Statistics Demonstrate Women Are Better… • than men about seeing their physicians on a regular basis • A “LITTLE” coaxing may be in order….

    12. 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

    13. 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……

    14. Don’t Panic, Because He May • not have prostate cancer • have a non-cancerous swelling of the prostate • have an inflammation of the prostate

    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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!!!

    18. Contact Information