September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer occurring in men. In New Hampshire, between 2006-2010, 28% of new cancer diagnoses in men and 11% of cancer deaths were due to prostate cancer. The mortality rate in New Hampshire (22.2/100,000) has been decreasing and is similar to the national rate (21.2) for US white males. 81% of prostate cancer cases were diagnosed at a localized stage. See NH Cancer Report 2006-2010.
Prostate cancer is rare before the age of 40 and sharply rises after age 50. Family history of prostate cancer increases the risk and some studies suggest that diet, obesity, smoking or prostatitis increase the risk. Incidence is highest in African –American males. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends against routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. Men should discuss their risk and need for screening with their health care provider.
NH CCC works collaboratively with hundreds of partners, including the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition (NHPCC), to share resources and implement strategies that address prostate cancer. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
Featured Partner: Ed Haddad
Educating Men and their Families about Prostate Cancer
As the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition (NHPCC) approaches a decade of service, it continues its mission to lessen the impact of prostate cancer and improve the quality of life of those 1 in 6 New Hampshire men whose lives have been affected.
NHPCC provides education, information, and financial support for:
- partners throughout the state
- research grants for hospitals
- financial support for families
- co-sponsorship of cancer related events
- professional development of medical staff
- wellness Fairs, libraries and other public venues
As a 22-year survivor of prostate cancer due to early detection, I am committed to the work of the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) on a very personal level. During the past two years, I have served as a representative of the NHPCC on the NH CCC Prevention Early Detection Work Group. I have had the privilege of being able to interact with and participate in events sponsored by professionals from all segments of the cancer community and benefit from the remarkable work they do.
CDC Smoking and Tobacco
National Cancer Institute Benchmarks
News and Events
Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life, NY Times, 9/17/14
Man Survives Rare Cancer Thanks to New 'Targeted' Therapy, ABC News, 9/16/14
Watch the U.S. quit smoking over 40 years, Washington Post, 9/8/14
Drugstore Chain CVS Kicks Tobacco Habit A Month Early, NHPR, 9/3/14
No more smokes at CVS, CNN Money, 9/3/14
Claremont Closer to Smoke Ban, Valley News, 8/29/14
Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground, NY Times, 8/30/14
Anti-Smoking Ads Featuring Celebrities Smoking Try To Get Kids To Rebel, But It Could Backfire, Medical Daily, 8/27/14
Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors, NHPR, 8/26/14
Simple Measures Made Hospital Patients 70% more likely to Quit Smoking, LA Times, 8/19/14
Too Many Cancer Screenings Wasted on Those Facing Death, Bloomberg.com, 8/18/14
Working moms have new breastfeeding rights under the ACA, Reuters, 8/5/14
CDC launches third round of hard-hitting anti-smoking ads, The Nation's Health - APHA, Aug. 2014