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What Men Should Know About Prostate Cancer -- But Don't
Date:11/8/2012

HORSHAM, Pa., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- While the devastating physical effects of prostate cancer are widely known, the psychological impact of the disease is a silent struggle for many men. Janssen Biotech, Inc. releases the results of its "Mind Over Manhood:  Misconceptions About Prostate Cancer" survey conducted by Wakefield Research, which uncovers both a surprising lack of awareness and a profound emotional impact of the disease on men.

The survey reveals a significant gap between the facts about prostate cancer and what men believe about the disease. Cancer of the prostate is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in American men1, with an estimated 241,000 new cases to be diagnosed and over 28,000 deaths from the disease expected this year2. Yet despite these alarming statistics, many men falsely believe that cancer of the prostate is less prevalent and/or less threatening than other cancers. The survey results show that most of the men surveyed (63 percent) believe that they won't be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than half (52 percent) believe that if they are diagnosed, the disease will not be fatal.

Nearly all of the men surveyed also failed to correctly identify several of the symptoms of prostate cancer.  An overwhelming majority (93%) could not recognize at least two of these symptoms – urinary problems, erectile dysfunction, frequent lower back pain, infertility, swelling of the legs and feet and weight gain – as potential signs of prostate cancer.  Without adequate knowledge, men may fail to recognize signs and symptoms and may not be diagnosed until the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage.

While this lack of awareness can cause confusion and uncertainty in men, their partners can play an active role in education, detection, support and care giving. According to the survey, 81 percent of men say they would be grateful if their "other half" scheduled
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