September 5th, 2013
While benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is commonly observed as a part of male aging, prostate cancer is not. Prostate cancer is still the most common cancer in American men. According to the American Cancer Society‘s prostate cancer statistics about 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and about 29,720 men will die of prostate cancer in the United States in year 2013.
The risk of a man being diagnosed with prostate cancer in his life time is as high as about 1 in 6. While a serious disease, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer wont die from the disease. In fact, despite the high prevalence the mortality rate is 1 out of 36 diagnosed males.
Prostate cancer, like BPH, occurs mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 67.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men according to prostate cancer statistics, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer. The actual survivor rate of prostate cancer patients belong to one of the highest among other cancer types
According to prostate cancer statistics the 5-year survival rate refers to the percentage of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is diagnosed. Of course, many of these people live much longer than 5 years (and many are cured).
99% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive 5 years or more after the initial diagnosis; 98% survive 10 years or more after diagnosis; and 93% of all men survive 15 years or more after prostate cancer diagnosis. This numbers provide an overall survivor rate and may vary between different stages of cancer by the time of diagnosis according to prostate cancer statistics.
Prostate cancer belongs to the most common cancer types diagnosed in US male population. Diet and life style have a huge impact on the development of the disease and modifiable factors should be discussed with the doctor and possible changes made before the appearance of the disease.