Contributed by: Tammy Arishenkoff, Media Coordinator at the PWC Article Sources:
Canadian Cancer Society 2021 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, accessed September 2021, <https://cancer.ca/en/ways-to-give/prostate-cancer-awareness-month>
1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. This September alone, during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, it is estimated that more than 1,900 Canadian lives will be forever changed by the words, “You have prostate cancer.”
But people affected by prostate cancer don’t have to face their diagnosis alone. Together, we can create a world where no one fears prostate cancer by funding Canada’s most promising prostate cancer research and life-changing support programs.
This month, there are many ways to get involved and make a difference in the lives of those affected by the disease.
Some prostate cancers are very aggressive and respond poorly to treatment. Today’s clinical tests are not very effective at predicting how a person’s prostate tumour will respond to specific drug therapies. Dr Thomas Kislinger and his team are finding new ways to predict how a tumour will behave, and help match people with the best treatments for their specific cancer.
“We’re working to develop targeted treatments that improve outcomes for people with aggressive prostate cancer, and save lives,” says Dr Kislinger.
Prostate cancer can be detected through the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, and when it’s detected early, close to 100% of men will survive 5 years or more past their initial prostate cancer diagnosis. Eight out of ten provinces currently cover the test by referral without requiring signs and symptoms, except BC and Ontario.
This Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, help create a future without prostate cancer by joining our campaign and advocate for provincial coverage of the PSA test in Ontario and British Columbia.
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