September 2023 | Volume 19, Issue 8

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month provides a critical opportunity to shine a light on this highly prevalent disease, its profound impact, and the advancements being made to improve the lives of prostate cancer patients.


Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men in the United States. The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 288,300 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease in 2023, while 34,700 men are expected to die of prostate cancer in the U.S. this year.

Rare before age 40, prostate cancer’s mean age at diagnosis is 66. Those at highest risk of developing the disease are African American men and Caribbean men of African ancestry, and men with a strong family history of prostate cancer – especially multiple first-degree male relatives diagnosed at a young age.

The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer (detected before it can spread to other parts of the body) is over 99%. This statistic is precisely why annual checkups and early detection through screenings like the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test remain crucial.


The University of Wisconsin Urology Department recognizes that a multifaceted approach, including advanced research and comprehensive care, is essential to address the complexities of the disease. We are making significant strides in understanding, diagnosing, and treating prostate cancer through a combination of cutting-edge treatments and a commitment to innovative research initiatives. These initiatives span diverse areas such as genetics, imaging technologies, biomarker discovery, and groundbreaking treatment approaches.


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Next Gen Leadership: The Future Starts Now

For the season finale of UW Urology’s WInnovations Podcast, host Dr. Kyle Richards is joined by Dr. Stephen Nakada, Professor and Chair of UW’s Department of Urology, David T. Uehling Chair in Urology, and Chief Administrative Physician, UWMF Practice Plan. Dr. Nakada talks about his leadership experience, what he believes it takes to be an effective leader, and how leadership in medicine has evolved since he was named the inaugural Department Chair in 2008. 


Listen on our website or your preferred podcast-streaming service, including Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsiHeartRadioPodbean, and more.

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