Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What are the key statistics about prostate cancer?

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2013 are:

  • About 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed
  • About 29,720 men will die of prostate cancer
About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer.
Timely Detection is "key", therefore men are encouraged to have open dialogue with their physician, and undergo a yearly physical, including a PSA (prostate specific antigen test)AND a DRE test (digital rectal exam). These two tests combined, take just a few minutes to complete and are not painful! 


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