Prostate Cancer Awareness Color: Light Blue
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: September
Cancers of the prostate gland, part of the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is usually slow-growing, leading to controversy over the recommended screening. You should talk with your doctor about an individual screening program that is appropriate to you.
Those diagnosed with prostate cancer are given a 'grade' by their pathologist. Prostate cancer is graded based on the Gleason Scale, ranging from two to ten (because the scores are based on two samples, graded 1-5 and added together). Those with higher Gleason grades tend to be more aggressive. Your pathologist will also alert you if you have any Gleason 5s present in either sample, which can indicate a higher likelihood of recurrence.
*Sources: From Prostate Cancer Foundation, http://www.pcf.org