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September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is diagnosed every two minutes and fifteen seconds. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America among men. Prostate cancer takes about one life every 18 minutes.

One in six American men is at lifetime risk of prostate cancer.
If a close relative has prostate cancer, a man's risk of the disease more than doubles. With two relatives, his risk increases five times. With three close relatives, his risk is about 97 percent.

In the next 24 hours, prostate cancer will claim the lives of 83 American men.
Prostate cancer represents 33 percent of all new cancer cases in American men. That's more new cases than any other cancer.

What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is a common, but typically slow growing cancer when compared to other types of cancer. Its growth is fed by, and generally depends on male hormones. Sometimes cells keep growing beyond their natural lifespan, and can cause a group of cells to swell up into a tumor.

There are two types of tumors:
Benign- Non-Cancerous tumors which are harmless
Malignant- Cancerous tumors which are harmful to the cells around it

Cancer cells can remain in the prostate (local); in its immediate surroundings (regional) or cells can break free, getting into the blood or lymph system and cause cancer to spread to other parts of the body. This is referred to as metastatic.

In most cases, prostate cancer is an adenocarcinoma, a cancer of the epithelial cells which compose the inner lining of glands.

Survival Rates

  • Almost 100 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive in five years*.
  • Over 90 percent of prostate cancer cases are found while the cancer is still either local or regional, and nearly 100 percent of these men are still alive five years after being diagnosed.
  • In cases where the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, 34 percent survive five years.
  • After 10 years, about 97.9 percent of men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer are still alive*, but only 17.6 percent of those diagnosed with advanced stage prostate cancer survive 10 years*.

*not including those who died from other causes.

Ask your doctor for more information about PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) testing.