HACKENSACK, NJ – Virgil H. Simons, Founder and President of The Prostate Net announced the organization’s latest major initiative in the fight against prostate cancer.  The production and release of a culturally-neutral Website http://theprostatenet.org/espanol/ – that seeks to deliver and discuss contemporary information and issues relative to the disease for Latino/Hispanic consumers, patients, caregivers and professionals worldwide. “We believe a specific awareness and educational effort, targeted to this emerging and expanding audience will only serve to promote the best standard of care,” said Simons. “This initiative will provide access to information for both patients and professionals, not normally readily available in Spanish, based on leading edge research and clinical practice.”

Prostate Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of male cancer death globally and the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men.  Latino/Hispanic men in the United States represent the third-largest incidence group currently. As the baby boom generation matures, more and more men will be diagnosed with the disease. While there has been some progress in disease mortality reduction over the past decade, there still remains significant disease specific issues relative to risk awareness, advanced stage disease management, treatment options, lifestyle modification and diet, as well as the reduction and/or elimination of pain and suffering attendant to a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The Website and the correlative printed materials will address these issues.

Thousands of men have learned about, and been screened for, prostate cancer through The Prostate Net’s public education initiatives. Additionally, these programs foster relationships between public health departments, medical center outreach teams, cancer education researchers and the public.