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Opinion: It may have been pink in October, but let’s remember prostate cancer

Dr. Jeffrey Rabuffo
Dr. Jeffrey Rabuffo

Dr. Jeffrey Rabuffo of Higganum practiced as a urologist in Middlesex County for four decades.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 30,000 American men will die from prostate cancer this year. That is a pretty high number associated with a disease that many health advocates and professionals deem not to be a fatal affliction.

The incidence of prostate cancer and mortality rate are roughly equal to that of breast cancer, yet last year we spent double the research money, $600 million to$ $300 million, on breast cancer research compared to prostate cancer. Advocacy groups such as Susan E. Komen have been far more effective at mobilizing the public and engaging its partners in fighting this dreaded disease.

The ubiquitous pink ribbons and nationally recognized Race for the Cure are the icons that have come to symbolize this grassroots efforts to save lives.

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