The USC Institute of Urology is hosting its 2nd Annual LA Prostate Cancer 5k on November 6, 2011, on the University of Southern California campus. This one of a kind race starts and finishes at the iconic Tommy Trojan. All proceeds benefit prostate cancer research at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among American men. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2011, approximately 241,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be identified, while approximately 34,000 men will die from the disease.
It is estimated that 1 in 10,000 men younger than 40 years of age, will develop prostate cancer compared to 1 in 38 men between 40 and 59 years of age and 1 in 15 men between 60 and 69 years of age.
Screening tests, including a PSA blood test is recommended by the American Cancer Society for men who have reached the age of 50. These tests are usually effective in detecting prostate cancer early.
Risk factors associated with the development of prostate cancer include age, family history, race, and diet and exercise.
Diet and exercise play a large role in overall health, including prostate cancer. It is always important to maintain a heart-healthy diet, low in saturated fats and high in fruits and vegetables. This, along with daily exercise to lose excess body fat and maintain muscle mass, may help reduce the potential development of prostate cancer, especially in patients who may be at increased risk based on age, family history and race.
There are many treatment options available for prostate cancer. Early stage prostate cancer can be treated using a more conservative approach, such as active surveillance. On the other hand, a more advanced or fast growing disease may require more aggressive treatments, such as surgery or radiation.
At the USC Institute of Urology, we have an aggregate experience with radical prostatectomy that exceeds 7,000 cases, performed by either open or laparoscopic/robotic surgery. Our prostate cancer surgeons have achieved cure rates, which are among the best, and we have some of the lowest reported complication rates.
To register for the LA Prostate Cancer 5K, please visit USCurology.com or call (323) 865-3700. Runners, joggers and walkers of all levels are encouraged to participate.
The race isn’t over until there’s a cure. Fight on for prostate cancer.