About prostate cancer
Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can raise many questions. How will prostate cancer affect my daily life? Which treatment is best for me? How effective will the treatment be? How much will it cost?
Here are some important facts about prostate cancer, from the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control:
- Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men, after skin cancer.1
- About 1 out of every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.1
- Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with it do not die from it. More than 2.5 million men in the United States are living today after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.1
- Nearly two-thirds of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are aged 65 or older.1
- Prostate cancer is rare before age 40.1
- African American men have higher rates of getting and dying from prostate cancer than men of other races.2
The good news is that prostate cancer is most often found in its early stages. When it is found early, a number of treatment choices are available. Prostate cancer can also be a slow-growing disease. But doctors may not always know how quickly someone’s prostate cancer will grow.
It is important to be proactive about your treatment and understand the current options for treating prostate cancer, so you can make the best decision for your prostate health.Find out about current treatment options for prostate cancer
- American Cancer Society. What are the key statistics about prostate cancer? www.cancer.org/Cancer/ProstateCancer/DetailedGuide/prostate-cancer-key-statistics. Accessed August 28, 2012.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prostate cancer screening: a decision guide for African Americans. www.ustoo.org/PDFs/CDC_PCa_Screen_Guide_AA.pdf. Accessed April 24, 2013.