I do believe, however, that 1) the number of cases of prostate cancer are under reported, and 2) the number of deaths caused by, or in large measure attributable to, prostate cancer are grossly under reported.
How many guys are walking around, unknowingly, with PCa, and how many die of ailments caused by PCa just might be alarming, IMHO.
I believe that's a fact Gary.
I spend a lot of time in chat on another cancer website, where the women outnumber men by about
5 to 1 (women tend to talk more then men, in case no one's noticed this before
I mentioned a statistic that I picked up at a cancer symposium... NOT online, that the occurrence of prostate cancer is about
equal to that of breast cancer. Some of the women said, "Really??"
, and I said it's just as deadly as BC if not detected early.
The usual reaction to the mention of "prostate" is, are you allowed to say that in public? Granted, everybody loves boobs and no one cares about
something that produces semen... unfortunately. Go to practically ANY cancer related website and you'll see primarily pictures of women. Sometimes I have to preface my posts with "men do also get cancer (shock!)".
I may have mentioned it here before, but when people where we live recognize my wife's salt and pepper hair with the characteristic chemo curl, they always assume she had breast cancer. She tries to tell them that she has NHL and they just get this glazed look in their eyes. And if she mentions that I've had cancer longer than she has they just look back to her and continue to talk about
As they say, there is no bad publicity.