The war on cancer began with the National Cancer Act of 1971, a United States federal law. The act was intended “to amend the Public Health Service Act so as to strengthen the National Cancer Institute in order to more effectively carry out the national effort against cancer”. It was signed into law by then U.S. President Richard Nixon on December 23, 1971.
Since the act was passed, an estimated 1.4 million men have died from Prostate Cancer.
Every three minutes, a new case of prostate cancer is diagnosed in the United States. Every 15 minutes, a man dies from it.
Prostate cancer is the single most common cancer in Minnesota. In 2010, there were an estimated 3,870 new cases of prostate cancer and 440 deaths. Nearly 40% of all newly diagnosed men were under the age of 65. About 7% of all prostate cancer deaths were men under the age of 65.
In Minnesota, we have a significantly higher incidence of prostate cancer than the national average. We have a 10% higher mortatlity rate than the national average. We also have a lower proportion of men having PSA tests. These trends all need to change.
We’re the Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition, and we’re living with Prostate Cancer every day as survivors or caregivers. We don’t just study it or read about it – we live it. We don’t provide medical advice but will do what we can do to help you, now and in the future.