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January 21,  2002

MIDNET - Coalition of Prominent Michigan Hospitals Study by EPIC-MRA Shows 50,000 Michigan Men Could Have a Ticking Time Bomb

50,000 Men in Michigan could have prostate cancer

 (SafetyAlerts) - Some 50,000 Michigan men could have prostate cancer and not know it, according to a survey conducted by EPIC- MRA for MIDNET (Coalition of Prominent Michigan Hospitals). It showed that 24%, or 306,829, Michigan men over fifty have not been screened for prostate cancer.

* Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men over 50 and only lung cancer kills more men.

* One man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and one in thirty will eventually die from it, according to the American Cancer Society.

* This survey shows that 35% of men over 50 cite cancer as their top health concern, but of those, only 7%, or about 93,000 men in Michigan, are most worried about prostate cancer.

* In fact, of those men who are most concerned about prostate cancer, 25% still do not get tested -- almost the same percentage as men who are not concerned about prostate cancer at all.

* African-American men are more at risk for prostate cancer than white or Asian men. The survey showed slightly higher rates of screening for both of these diseases.

- 76% of African-American men over fifty have been tested for prostate cancer, compared to 74% of white men over fifty.

- 66% of African-American men over fifty have been tested for colo/rectal cancer, compared to 61% of white men over fifty.

* Equally troubling is the fact that these men are not getting checked for colo/rectal or testicular cancer either.

- 38% of men over fifty have not been tested for colo/rectal cancer.
- 65% have not been screened for testicular cancer.

* Colo/rectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the U.S. In spite of this, survey results indicate that colo/rectal cancer is not a concern to Michigan men; they aren't worrying about it in significant numbers and 486,000 (38%) haven't been tested for it.

* Overall, the rate of concern expressed by men didn't have much effect on whether they received testing. Instead, those men who received a general health exam were also much more likely to be screened for prostate and colo/rectal cancer.

* Results show that 20% of all men in Michigan have not had a general health exam in the past two years.

* A greater percentage of men over fifty who did not have a health exam listed cancer as one of their top health concerns.

- 47.4% of men who had no health exam listed cancer as a top health concern.

- 33.1% of men who did have a health exam listed cancer as a top health concern.

* The Lansing area had the highest percentage of screenings for prostate cancer (80%) and colo/rectal cancer (65%).

* The lowest rates of screening occurred in Southwest Michigan.
- 64% were screened for prostate cancer and 48% for colo/rectal cancer.

* Men in the Detroit area expressed the most concern about prostate cancer.

- The second highest rates of concern were found in the Southwest region and the lowest rates of concern were found in the Northern part of Lower Michigan.

* Risk factors for these types of cancer include age, race, diet, physical activity and family history.

* The survey of 1,865 men was conducted in October and November of 2001 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.0%.

Source: PRNewswire.

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