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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Rex Cancer Center Cares
Light Blue Ribbon for Prostate CancerDid you know...
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men (other than skin cancer).
  • In 2014, about 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer are expected to be diagnosed.
  • Nearly two thirds of men diagnosed are age 65 years or older.
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men.
  • There are more than 2.5 million men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer that are still alive today.
    *Statistics are according to the American Cancer Society.
Learn Your Risk

Prostate cancer is defined as cancer that forms in the tissues of the prostate, below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The causes of prostate cancer are still unclear, but there are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing prostate cancer:

  • Age 65 and older
  • Family history
  • Race and ethnicity (African-American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer)
  • Nationality (most common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia, and Caribbean islands)
  • Diet (lots of red meat and high-fat dairy products, too little fruits and vegetables)
  • Inflammation of the prostate
Learn more about these risk factors and how you can help prevent them. 
Events

    Rex Healthcare is sponsoring the following event during September:

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Living With and Beyond Prostate Cancer 

Join us to learn important information about prostate cancer management from noted Rex and community physicians. We’ll discuss new advances in screening, therapies and technologies used for treatment. This is a FREE event, but registration is required by Sept. 12. For more information or to register, complete the online registration or call (919) 784-3105.

Rex Cancer Center offers outreach opportunities for people who want to become trained volunteers and provide additional preventative health information to the community. To learn more about Rex Cancer Outreach programs, call (919) 784-6247.

Experts Here to Help

Do you need a doctor? Rex offers referrals to primary care physicians, urologists and oncologists. Call Rex HealthNet at (919) 784-4490 for a referral.

For the one in six men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, Rex is here to help take care of you. As a prostate cancer care leader in Wake County for more than 25 years, Rex has delivered care to more than 7,000 men. Learn more about the prostate cancer treatment options available to patients.

Through collaboration with UNC, patients can access the best targeted advanced treatment technologies, when they need them, including:

  • Radioactive Seed Implants (brachytherapy)
  • TomoTherapy®
  • CyberKnife® Radiosurgery
  • da Vinici® Surgical System (robotic surgery)

For a treatment plan tailored to your needs, including access to clinical trials, counselors, nutritional services and support groups, choose Rex.

Learn more about our physicians at Rex/UNC Radiation Oncology
Learn more about our physicians at Rex Hematology Oncology Associates:
A Survivor's Story: A Brand New Day for John Mitchell 
"We found some cancer." John Mitchell will never forget the call when his doctor delivered that message. He had to make a choice that could potentially save his life… and did.

Not sure of your risk of prostate cancer?
To learn what screenings you may need, schedule an appointment for an annual exam with your primary care physician. If you don't have one, call 919-784-4490 for a referral to a Rex physician.