One of the best tools that you have in preventing and fighting prostate cancer is knowledge. One in seven American men will have prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American men and is also the most commonly diagnosed. The American Cancer Society estimates that 180,890 men will be told they have prostate cancer in 2016. All men are at risk of developing prostate cancer but that risk increases significantly as they grow older. Below are some facts and statistics about prostate cancer.
How curable is prostate cancer?
Early detection and advances in treatment is saving lives. Finding prostate cancer when it’s still at an early stage offers the best hope for living cancer free following treatment. Approximately 90% of all prostate cancers are detected in the local and regional stages and because of this the cure rate for prostate cancer is considerably high. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for these men is 100 percent.
At what age will a man develop the disease?
About 60% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65 and 97% occur in men 50 years of age and older. The average age at diagnosis of prostate cancer in the United States is 69 years of age. Additionally, about one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, but only one man in 36 will die of this disease.
How is prostate cancer diagnosed?
Screening tests that are used to diagnose the disease include: the digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, are designed to detect signs of prostate cancer early. The only way to definitively diagnose prostate cancer however is with a biopsy.
How is prostate cancer treated?
There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer, including surgery (robotic prostatectomy), radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy. Your treatment options depend on several factors, such as how fast your cancer is growing, how much it has spread and your overall health, as well as the benefits and the potential side effects of the treatment.
Are some men more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than others?
Unfortunate as it may be, race does play a significant role in the diagnosis of prostate cancer among men. African American men are 56% more likely to develop prostate cancer in comparison to Caucasian men and are nearly 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease. Conversely, men of Asian and hispanic descent have the lowest risk by comparison.