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February is African American history month, and what better way to preserve the personal history of African American families than to encourage the family patriarchs—grandfathers, fathers and uncles—to make their health a priority. That’s why Arizona Oncology is reminding African American men to get screened for prostate cancer this month.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in African American men. This is especially true in Arizona, where the age-adjusted prostate cancer rate per 100,000 residents is 120 for African American males, compared to 83 for white males. Additionally, African American men have the highest mortality rate for prostate cancer of any racial or ethnic group in the United States.

Being screened for the disease can help find it in its early stages when treatment is most likely to be effective. If caught early or before the cancer leaves the prostate, prostate cancer has a 99 percent survival rate. The American Cancer Society and Arizona Oncology recommend all men over the age of 50 who have a life expectancy of at least 10 years have prostate cancer examinations annually. African American men and those with strong family history of prostate cancer should begin Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) testing at age 45. 
“Fortunately with the PSA screening, most men catch prostate cancer very early and they have favorable outcomes with either surgery or radiation,” says Dr. Jerry Lucas, radiation oncologist. “If the cancer progresses and spreads to other parts of the body,” says Lucas, “men can undergo hormone therapy, which is very effective in treating prostate cancer.”
Arizona Oncology plays a major role in helping men throughout Arizona and their families win the battle against prostate cancer. Through its affiliation with The US Oncology Network, networks of integrated community based oncology practices dedicated to advancing high-quality, evidence-based cancer care, Arizona Oncology can quickly bring the latest advances in therapies, research, and technology close to patients’ homes.
As a result, patients access the best possible treatment with the least amount of disruption to their daily lives. Equally important, The US Oncology Network enables Arizona Oncology to rapidly implement best practices and share new discoveries.
To learn more about the benefits of prostate cancer screening, talk to your doctor or visit Arizona Oncology online at

About Arizona Oncology
Arizona Oncology is one of the largest medical groups in Arizona, with more than 50 practicing physicians devoted exclusively to the most comprehensive, compassionate and quality cancer care to patients in several communities throughout the state, including: Chandler, Cottonwood, Deer Valley, Flagstaff, Glendale, Green Valley, Nogales, Oro Valley, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Safford, Scottsdale, Sedona, and Tucson. Arizona Oncology believes it is beneficial to provide cancer therapies in a community setting, close to patients' homes and support systems. The physicians are supported by a talented clinical team sensitive to the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers. For more information, visit

Arizona Oncology is united in healing with The US Oncology Network, one of the nation’s largest networks of integrated community-based oncology practices dedicated to advancing high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. As an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, Arizona Oncology is united with nearly 1,000 physicians nationwide. Arizona Oncology participates in clinical trials through US Oncology Research, which has played a role in 48 FDA-approved cancer therapies, nearly one-third of all cancer therapies approved by the FDA to date. For more information, visit


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