Did you hear the news? These alarming 2010 projections for prostate cancer deaths were just released. Isn’t it nice that they were released just prior to Father’s Day, so have a happy Father’s Day.

These projections call for a massive 17 % increase in prostate cancer caused deaths as well as a more than 13 % rise in prostate cancer diagnoses this year as compared to 2009. These numbers represent the greatest percentage increase we have had since the mid-1990s.

——————————————-2009———————- 2010————-Percentage Increase
# of Men Diagnosed               192,280                        *217,730                    13.2%
# of Deaths                                27,360                          *32,050                     17.1%
*Predicted Number of Cases

Source: The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)


Yet, we continue to argue about the value of PSA tests.

We still have only two approved treatments for men with advanced (fatal) prostate cancer. These two approved treatments will add only a few months of life, what is the deal?

Joel T Nowak, MA, MSW