September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Boomers have so many reasons to celebrate turning 65, including retirement (which varies from individual to individual), eligibility to collect Social Security, exemption from certain property taxes (depending on where the property is located), even “senior discounts” on Wednesdays!

September is national prostate cancer awareness monthBut at age 65, men should be aware of their increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Statistics show that about 1 in 10,000 men under the age of 40 are diagnosed each year, but the rate skyrockets to 1 in 14 between the ages of 60 and 69. (The average age of diagnosis is 69, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation).

Because the rate of developing this particular type of cancer is significantly higher in the United State than in other parts of the world, in 2001, Congress declared September “Prostate Health Month.”

In 2003, President George W. Bush changed the designation to Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, in an effort to increase public awareness, provide easily accessible screenings, advocate for additional research, and educate the public about risk factors, symptoms and prostate-related diseases.

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, and is second only to lung cancer in male cancer-related deaths. Each year, nearly 200,000 men are diagnosed with the disease, and 29,000 will die.

There is good news, however. Prostate cancer, if detected early, is treatable, with a nearly 100% survival rate five years after early diagnosis, and a 98% survival rate after 10 years.

Recent findings indicate that family history of the disease increases an individual’s risk of developing prostate cancer, and tall men are shown to have an increased risk as well. Prostate cancer is especially prevalent in African American men, who also experience a higher mortality rate than men of other ethnicities.

As with other types of cancer, there are some risk factors that can be controlled, including diet, exercise and smoking. Studies have linked a higher incidence of the disease in men who smoke, whose diet includes a high calcium intake, and those with a sedentary lifestyle.

With walkable streets, a fitness center in the community clubhouse, and neighbors who share the desire to lead an active lifestyle, Windsong communities can help alleviate the sedentary lifestyle component. And because each Windsong community is conveniently located within easy driving distance of quality medical facilities, there’s no excuse not to have regular screenings.

At Windsong, we encourage everyone to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle, and we design each luxury home and community to help you do just that – which is why folks enjoy living at Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!

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