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Terry Armentrout, a retired engineer, is a prostate cancer survivor whose father died of the disease. He urges men to take screenings seriously.
As of Friday, September 30, 2016
What men need to know
September is national Prostate Cancer Awareness Month because the disease is the second leading cause of cancer death of American men, behind only lung cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be about 180,890 new cases involving the prostate diagnosed in 2016, with about 26,210 deaths.
One man in seven will be diagnosed with the disease and one in 39 will die of cancer.
However, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die. In fact, more than 2.9 million men in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with the disease are still alive today.
Gorge Urology recommends that men get regular screenings to catch cancer early, when there is a high probability of the disease being curable.
After prostate cancer claimed the life of his father, Terry Armentrout of The Dalles knew that he would be at higher risk for the disease and made regular checkups a priority...