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

their doctor's appointments. It's important for men to consult a doctor in order to work out a proper screening schedule, so making this initial appointment is a simple, yet important, way for their partners to get the ball rolling.

"Men are not the only ones affected by a prostate cancer diagnosis – it is truly a couple's disease," said Tom Kirk of Us TOO International Education and Support Network, which helps men and their families make informed decisions about prostate cancer detection, treatment and coping options, and a supporting partner on the Janssen Biotech resource, My Prostate Cancer Roadmap (www.myprostatecancerroadmap.com). "No one should face prostate cancer alone, which is why it's so important for significant others to get the conversation started."

While significant others may help get their mates get to the doctor, another notable – and more intimate – fear often lingers. The survey shows that men aren't just worried about their own physical health; they're worried about the health of their love lives, with 58 percent of men reporting that they're concerned about the negative impact that losing the ability to be intimate could have on their relationships. Just how concerned are they? Nearly a third (28 percent) of those surveyed report that they would forgo prostate cancer treatment if there were a chance they'd lose their ability to be intimate.

Additionally, the survey revealed that men at the highest risk of prostate cancer often fail to recognize their level of risk. Studies suggest that African-American men are at a higher risk for prostate cancer than Caucasian and Hispanic men, yet nearly half of African-American men (44 percent) say it is very unlikely that they will ever be diagnosed, compared to 30 percent of all men.

"It is important that men be aware of risk factors," said urologist Stanley K. Frencher, Jr., MD, MPH. "Afri
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