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Prostate Cancer Coalition of
North Carolina
Prostate Cancer / Breast Cancer
Brother / Sister Diseases
Your Name
PCCNC Women’s Programs
www.pccnc.org
Your phone number
Screening is key
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Had your annual
mammogram &
clinical breast
exam?
We are all
concerned about
breast cancer
1 in 8 women will
be diagnosed with
BC
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Has your partner
had a prostate
exam?
We need to be
concerned about
prostate cancer
1 in 6 men will be
diagnosed
Facts & Statistics
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When detected and treated early, prostate
cancer can be effectively treated or
managed in as many as 100% of cases.
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Prostate cancers most common symptom is
NO SYMPTOM AT ALL!
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On average, every 3 minutes a man is
diagnosed with prostate cancer, and every
15 minutes a man dies of this highly
treatable cancer.
Think Prostate Cancer Only
Effects Men?
NC Gender Disparities
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Per 100,000, more
men are dying of
prostate cancer
then women are
dying of breast
cancer.
Breast cancer
deaths, 25.4 per
Prostate cancer
deaths, 32.4 per
Source: NCI State Cancer Profiles
NC Racial Disparities
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In some parts of North Carolina, AfricanAmerican men are as much as 3 times more
likely to die of prostate cancer then Caucasian
men.
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The reasons for this are being explored.
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They may include socio-economic factors,
medical mistrust, genetics, lifestyle… but is most
likely some combination of these factors.
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Follow the PCaP (North Carolina – Louisiana
Prostate Cancer Project) for developments.
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www.ncla-pcap.org
Little Known NC Native
American Disparity
Source: NCI
State Cancer
Profiles
My Story
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Supplement details about your
personal story/why you advocate for
awareness here
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
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Genetics
Ethnicity
 Family History
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Toxins
Such as Agent Orange
 Dietary Carcinogens
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Viruses
True of False
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Prostate cancer is an old man’s disease
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Prostate cancer is easy to cure
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When detected early, when the cancer is localized,
survival rates are excellent.
Prostate cancer always exhibits symptoms
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While treatments and management techniques are
improving, there is not a cure.
Men die with prostate cancer, not from it
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FALSE! Prostate cancer can kill at any age… and
younger men typically have more aggressive forms of
prostate cancer.
FALSE! It’s most common symptoms is NO SYMPTOM AT
ALL!
Prostate cancer is slow growing
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While some cases of prostate cancer are slow growing,
others rapidly multiply and spread to other parts of the
body.
Annual Check-ups Are His Best
Defense
The earlier Prostate Cancer is
detected, the better chances of
survival
 Early detection means there are
more treatment options available
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How Often Should You Be Tested ?
Baseline at 40 and 45
Annually, if....
 You are 40 or over, and have a risk
factor such as a family history of
prostate cancer, African-American
descent, or a baseline PSA of .6 or
higher
 By age 50 all men should be
screening annually
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What Tests Are Used to
Screen for PC?
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Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test
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Digital Rectal Examination (DRE)
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Desirable value is age and history dependent
“No abnormalities felt” is the desirable
outcome
Both tests are needed for complete
screening
Statistics Demonstrate Women
Are Better…
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than men about
seeing their
physicians on a
regular basis
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A “LITTLE” coaxing
may be in order….
Possible Symptoms
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Frequent urination at night
Weak or interrupted urine flow
Inability to urinate
Painful or burning urination
Blood in urine
Pain or stiffness in lower
back or hips
Decreased sexual function
Urge Him to See a Physician
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Offer to make the appointment
Make sure doctor’s office schedules PC
screening
Suggest that you both talk to someone
you know who has had prostate testing
Be supportive
Don’t Panic……
Don’t Panic, Because He May
not have prostate cancer
 have a non-cancerous swelling of
the prostate
 have an inflammation of the
prostate
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If He Is Diagnosed With
Prostate Cancer
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Start by asking the doctor about
treatment options, side effects
Become a student, do your own research,
become informed
Research: library, internet
Contact local PC support group to speak
personally to a survivor and his partner
If He is Diagnosed With
Prostate Cancer
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Help him take
control
Examine his
choices with him
Ask questions
about treatment
Match treatment
with the man
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Education is
everything
Visit or join a
support group
Talk about it
together
Make it a team
effort
Summary
Take care of yourself – get annual
mammograms and clinical breast
exams. Don’t forget your monthly
breast exams!
 Make sure your has an annual
prostate examination and a PSA
blood test.
 If you encounter resistance from
medical community, INSIST ON
SCREENING!!!
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