September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Wyoming Department of Health wants to remind men the importance of prostate cancer screening. Wyoming Department of Health State Epidemiologist Joe Grandpre says that screening is so important because the chances of surviving prostate cancer may be higher with early detection and treatment.
Grandpre said that prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in Wyoming and across the country, and a leading cause of cancer deaths in men. There were 425 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in Wyoming in 2009.
The Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium created a Prostate Cancer Task Force last year to help men with the decision-making process regarding prostate cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivor issues. Task force efforts have lead to the creation of a prostate cancer education toolkit. You can click here to order a toolkit.