Prostate cancer foundation is a philanthropic foundation which supports research for prostate cancer. Founded by Michael Milken in Santa Monica, CA USA in 1993, this foundation has funded for about $1000 million to observe this cancer. It also have funded for more than 2000 programs at more than 200 research projects in more than 200 institutions in 18 countries. This foundation has contributed many precious developments for prostate cancer, especially its treatment, cure and drugs, so mortality rate of prostate cancer has decreased year by year. This foundation also spread awareness of prostate cancer; teach how to take care our close people who suffer from this.
History of Prostate Cancer Foundation
Prostate cancer foundation has founded by Michael Milken who’s also diagnosed of suffering prostate cancer. After diagnosed, he tries to look for information and treatment to cure his ill. However, at that time he found so little information and observation about this disease. This was become his driving force to establish this foundation. Now, this foundation has become an essential source for research information and standard of care for prostate cancer. Cancer cases had increased during 1975-1989, but happening degradation after that period, thanks to this foundation because one of the factors of decreasing case is by its research.
Prostate cancer foundation figures out that men with close family relation suffer prostate cancer have higher risk of affected this disease, men above age 65 too, and also African American men have higher risk of prostate cancer than Caucasian and Asian men. It foundation also found that chance for American of developing prostate cancer is about 17%. 2% for men who live in Rural China, however, this 2% risk will be higher if Chinese men move to western culture. The causing of this rate risk still need further research however.
Prostate Cancer Foundation has funded so many researches to get more advance treatment and information about this disease. Their effort fortunately is success in many things, including in the revelation of myths and facts. Several facts according to this foundation are about frequent sexual activity which raises the risk of prostate cancer. This is not true based on their research because men who often ejaculating have higher risk of suffering prostate cancer. They are also shown that there is no relation between much consumption of Vitamin E and prostate cancer prevention. And they also figure that there is no relation of alcohol consumption and higher risk of prostate cancer. But to get healthy life, alcohol is still a liquid to be avoided.
In the side of drugs, its research has founded many drugs to help patient recovery such as provenge (Sipuleucel-T), Xtandi (MDV3100), Xgeva (denosumab) and Zytiga (abiraterone). Those drugs are approved by Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Besides, they also has done research concerning anti-angiogenesis, research of genetic testing of men that have higher risk of prostate cancer, and identification of prostate cells surface marker which can be used to kill cancer cells. Those are several achievements of Prostate Cancer Foundation.