Prostate Cancer By The Numbers
Prostate cancer affects more than 3 million men worldwide every year.
About 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men after skin cancer.
In 2019 the American Cancer Society estimates 174,650 new cases of and 31,620 deaths from prostate cancer.
What Experts are Saying
Would it surprise you to learn that cancer experts say identifying men at high risk for prostate cancer would benefit the most from screening and treatment? Those same experts also agree that improved diagnostic techniques along with a personalized risk assessment are great ways to improve the patient’s decision-making process.
When men are more informed about their risk of prostate cancer, their doctors have more effective ways to help improve outcomes. Patients who are already aware of their own risk factors help reduce the stress of having to screen every man of a certain age.
Chances of Prostate Cancer
Statistically men over 50 have a greater risk of developing prostate cancer. In some cases, genetics may be a factor which increases the likelihood of developing cancer. Eating lots of red meat, calcium, or too many fatty dairy products can also raise chances of getting prostate cancer. Ultimately a healthy diet plays a significant role in prevention of prostate cancer.
The prostate gland is close to the bladder and urethra. As such, some urinary symptoms can be signs of prostate cancer. This includes loss of bladder control, burning or pain during urination, decreased flow of stream, and trouble starting or stopping during urination.
- Other potential symptoms include:
- Urge to urinate at night
- Blood in urine and/or semen
- Erectile dysfunction and/or painful ejaculation
- Legs or pelvic area swelling
- Leg/feet/hip numbness
- Bone pain and/or increased fractures
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