WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prostate cancer continues to be the most common cancer in men, accounting for about 1 in 4 new cases, according to data recently published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The estimated number of new cases and estimated deaths from prostate cancer both decreased slightly for 2014, by 3 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
"Every week I talk with at least one family man in his 40s who has prostate cancer," ZERO's CEO Jamie Bearse said. "Men are dying. Families are suffering. We need to stand together and make fighting prostate cancer a national priority in order to see a real change in the number of lives being saved from the disease."
Prostate cancer continues to be the second most deadly cancer in men, accounting for 10 percent of estimated new cancer deaths in 2014. The report estimates that 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and 29,480 will die from the disease.
ZERO is leading the fight to end prostate cancer and is supporting men and families through our programs and initiatives, including:
- The ZERO Prostate Cancer Drive, which provided free early detection to more than 4,000 at-risk men in 2013
- The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, Endurance and Golf series, which raised more than $2.5 million in 2013 to educate and support men and their families
- More than 2,300 men with advanced prostate cancer benefitted from patient co-pay assistance and educational materials provided by ZERO in the past year
- The ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit, where more than 150 advocates gathered in Washington, DC to educate their elected officials on the importance of research funding for prostate cancer and discuss advocacy efforts to take home to their local communities
- A new, comprehensive website to educate men and families about prostate cancer, and an advocacy microsite to help build an army of prostate cancer advocates across the nation.
For educational information on prostate cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment options, visit www.zerocancer.org.
About ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer (www.zerocancer.org)
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. As a leader in the fight against prostate cancer, ZERO advances research, encourages action, and provides education and support to men and their families. ZERO's premier programs include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, the largest men's health event series in America. ZERO is a 501c3 charity, a Better Business Bureau member and 84 cents of every dollar donated goes to research and programs. For more information, visit www.zerocancer.org.
SOURCE ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer