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National Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthIn order to raise widespread public awareness regarding the importance of prostate health, the month of September is observed as “National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (NPCA)” in the United States. Prostate Cancer (PC) is one of the most common non-skin cancers and the second leading cause of death in American men. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, about 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and nearly 27,540 men will die from this cancer type. Generally, this condition affects older men above the age of 65 years. As per recommendations from the American Cancer Society, men should undergo cancer screening tests at an early age (right from their early 50s or sooner). The major goal behind these tests is to identify this condition early so that it can be treated more effectively. An annual Medicare coverage is offered for preventive prostate cancer screening or prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and DRE (digital rectal exam) once in every 12 months for all men aged 50 years and above. Physicians should document their diagnosis and the preventive measures they perform correctly to ensure due reimbursement. Since even minor coding mistakes may result in the denial of claims, opting for physician billing services from a competent medical billing company is the practical solution.

The 2015 campaign aims to educate the general public about prostate cancer, including its prevalence, risk factors and symptoms, approaches to screening, diagnosis, prevention and treatment options.

The month of September was first officially designated as National Prostate Health Month (NPHM) by the American Foundation for Urological Disease (AFUD, now known as the Urology Care Foundation) in 1999. In 2001, Senate Resolution 138 was passed that affirmed that the health month would be observed annually. In a 2003 presidential proclamation, President George W. Bush voiced his support for the month and specifically named the month National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (NPCA).

Since 2003, this annual observance has become a rallying point for the prostate cancer community wherein thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers, health experts, medical researchers and health advocates throughout the country join together to generate awareness about this deadly disease by hosting a variety of public education and awareness events.

Join National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (NPCA) celebration. Make a commitment to spread knowledge about this deadly disease and find ways to prevent them.