CORBIN — On Tuesday, Corbin Mayor Suzie Razmus signed a proclamation making September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Corbin.
Prostate cancer is the number one cancer among men and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the United States. Approximately 180,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and over 26,000 will die from it, according to the proclamation presented by Baptist Health Corbin.
The proclamation also states African American men, men with a family history of prostate cancer and men exposed to Agent Orange are at highest risk.
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is also recognized each year in September by the President of the United States.
The proclamation states that prostate cancer is usually treatable if detected early, and early stage prostate cancer usually has no symptoms. Men who have prostate cancer and are educated about the value of early detection will be more likely to make good treatment decisions.
The proclamation was made in hopes that recognizing September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month will encourage men to discuss prostate cancer with their healthcare provider.
The website www.ProstateCancerAwarenessMonth.com provides more information on prostate cancer and links to national organizations that provide awareness and services during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.