Whether it’s scheduling a checkup for a husband, driving Grandpa to a doctor’s appointment or making sure a teenage son eats something other than junk food, women often act as guardians of the health of their male loved ones. Women seem naturally cast in the role of caregivers, and it’s not unusual for a woman to know more about men’s health issues – such as heart health – than the males in her life do. When it comes to prostate cancer, women’s knowledge and involvement can be life-saving for their loved ones.
Approximately 30,000 men die of prostate cancer every year, making it the second-most-deadly form of cancer for men, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Yet if the cancer is detected and treated in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent, says Dr. E. David Crawford, founder and chairman of the Prostate Conditions Education Council.
“From talking with prostate cancer patients over the years, we know that in 60 to 70 percent of those cases, it was the significant other who drove those men in for initial screening,” Crawford says.
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