Every 20 minutes an American man dies from prostate cancer. That’s over 75 deaths per day and 26,730 this year. That’s enough to fill an entire baseball stadium.
One in eight American men will have prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among American men and is the most commonly diagnosed. The American Cancer Society estimates in its Cancer Facts & Figures 2017 report that 161,360 men will be told they have prostate cancer in 2017. Currently there are nearly 2.9 million American men living with the disease – roughly equal to the population of Chicago.
Early detection and advances in treatment are saving lives. Finding prostate cancer when it is still at an early stage offers the best hope for living cancer free for a long time. The most recent research shows the five-year survival rate for all men with prostate cancer is nearly 100 percent.
Unfortunately there is VERY LITTLE prostate cancer research in Alaska. We want to change that. We also want to improve access to care for our local men. That's why we are starting a new Fairbanks Prostate Cancer Fund.
Fairbanks Urology LLC will match every dollar you donate; the money will go to directly fund prostate cancer research in Alaska to help us learn how to provide better access to the local population