Washington, DC – September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In recognition, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement:
“Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men in the United States. Although mortality rates associated with prostate cancer have declined in recent years, more than 180,000 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease this year. During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, let us remember those who have lost their battle with prostate cancer and encourage men to talk with their health care providers and take advantage of screenings for early detection. If diagnosed early and with appropriate treatment, the five-year and ten year survival rates are nearly 100 percent.
“I continue to urge awareness of this disease and call for critical investments in funding to fight prostate cancer. Last year, I was proud to introduce the National Prostate Cancer Plan Act (H.R. 2730), which would establish a council of federal agencies, patients, and medical experts to draft and implement a national strategy to combat prostate cancer.
“Even as we take steps to fight back against prostate cancer, too many families have been affected by this disease. Approximately 14% of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes. For this reason, let us raise awareness of this disease during the month of September and extend support to those currently battling prostate cancer and the families who are fighting with them. Together, we can raise awareness of prostate cancer and help men live healthier lives.”