Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in North America by health experts, health advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s health.
How common is it?
About 1 man in 8 will be diagnosed during his lifetime. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common in American men. The American Cancer Society’s estimates in the United States for 2021 are:
- About 248,530 new cases
- About 34,130 deaths
What Is It?
It is a malignant tumor of the prostate.
The disease is less common before age 50, and experts believe that most elderly men have traces of it.
Risk of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is more likely to develop in older men and in non-Hispanic Black men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older, and it is rare in men under 40. The average age of men at diagnosis is about 66.
It is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 41 will die of from it.
This can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with it do not die from it. In fact, more than 3.1 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed at some point, are still alive today.
Prostate cancer in its early stages (when it’s found only in the prostate gland) can be treated, with very good chances for survival. Fortunately, about 85% of American men with prostate cancer are diagnosed in an early stage of the disease.
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