A campaign to put faces and names to the almost half a million Vets with prostate cancer.
Veterans are a high-risk population for prostate cancer, with an incidence rate that is twice that of the general population. ZERO is committed to bring the Veteran community the resources, tools, and education needed to fight and prevent the disease. An Urgent Need:
There are some alarming numbers related to Veterans and prostate cancer that require immediate action as well as long-term planning to ensure that Veterans get the support they need.
Nearly 489,000 prostate cancer patients are in the VA health system. 16,000 of these patients have metastatic prostate cancer.
9 million Veterans receive healthcare from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
Prostate cancer rates in the military were twice those in the general population.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis among U.S. Veterans.
The burden of prostate cancer among Veterans is substantial with over 200,000 survivors and 12,000 new diagnoses annually.
1 in 9 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. For Veterans, that risk increases to 1 in 5.
Supporting The Mission Act: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the Mission Act in an attempt to offer Veterans a broader network of medical care outside the VA. With an estimated 500,000 Veterans in the VA system with prostate cancer, it’s critical for patients to have access to options to receive treatment and care closer to home.
Get Involved We are looking for Veterans to represent each state! Thus far we have Veterans representing California, Oklahoma, Ohio, Georgia, and many more. You can also learn more about VPCa efforts to support Veterans by clicking here.
Are you a Veteran and a prostate cancer patient or survivor willing to be a vocal advocate for all men, we want you to join!
Help raise awareness around the increased risk of prostate cancer for Veterans and military servicemen
Advocate for prostate cancer policies that would improve care for Vets at the state and federal level
Inform providers and patients about care options via the Mission Act
This campaign participants will help build powerful, nationwide team of Veterans who are prostate cancer survivors and advocates. Together, alongside VPCa staff and other advocates, these Vets will serve as leaders in their states to expand prostate cancer advocacy and educational outreach to save the lives of other at-risk Vets. To get involved please email email@example.com.
“I invite all Veterans who have conquered or are still in the trenches with prostate cancer to answer this call to arms. I’m proud to represent California for the 50 Vets in 50 States Campaign, as just one of the many men nationwide in the fight of our lives.”