In recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is continuing its support for the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) in ongoing efforts to promote awareness of prostate cancer. In addition to promoting a comprehensive guide about prostate cancer, Independence will make a financial contribution.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The ACS estimates that in 2018 there will be nearly 165,000 new cases of prostate cancer and more than 29,000 deaths. Men of African descent are 73 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer and more than twice as likely as Caucasian men to die from the disease.
“Fortunately, when caught early and treated appropriately, prostate cancer has one of the highest survival rates of any cancer, said Anthony Coletta, M.D. MBA, president of Facilitated Health Networks at Independence. “Screening for prostate cancer is one of the simplest cancer detection tests, either through a simple blood or urine sample, or on occasion, a rectal exam. We urge all men, especially those who have a family history, either a father or brother with prostate cancer, to incorporate prostate screenings into their overall health check-up.”
In addition to its support for PCF, Independence supports the Pennsylvania Urological Regional Collaborative, or PURC, a physician-led collaborative aimed at advancing the quality of diagnosis and care for men with prostate cancer throughout Pennsylvania. PURC is funded through the Health Care Improvement Foundation, a tax-exempt charitable organization that receives funding from Independence Blue Cross and many of the region’s health care systems.