According to the American Cancer Society, “About 1 man in 8 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.”
Prostate cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, with a high survival rate if caught early. The American Cancer Society states that, “Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. In fact, more than 3.1 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.”
November is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and as such, we have put together 13 prostate cancer facts that everyone should know. Awareness and early diagnosis saves lives!
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States.
- The average age at diagnosis is 66 years old.
- African American men are at a higher risk for developing prostate cancer than men of other racial groups.
- Prostate cancer is more common in men who have a family history of the disease.
- The symptoms of prostate cancer can include urinary problems, such as difficulty urinating or a decreased urine flow.
- Prostate cancer is usually diagnosed through a digital rectal exam or a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
- Treatment options for prostate cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy.
- Prostate cancer that is detected early has a high survival rate.
- Regular screenings for prostate cancer are recommended for men over the age of 50.
- There is no sure way to prevent prostate cancer, but there are some risk factors that can be avoided, such as smoking and a diet high in saturated fat.
- Prostate cancer is a serious disease, but it is treatable.
- Prostate cancer awareness is important in order to ensure that men get screened and treated early.
- You can help to increase prostate cancer awareness by talking to the men in your life about the importance of getting screened.
We hope that this information will help to increase prostate cancer awareness and encourage more men to get screened for this disease.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, please contact Forsythe Cancer Center in Reno, Nevada to learn what options are available to you.