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Understanding Prostate Cancer


Knowledge is power.

These are the facts:

  • Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in men other than skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death among American men.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that almost 192,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009.
  • One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
  • Typically, prostate cancer is a slow growing disease.
  • Some men diagnosed with prostate cancer may have few, if any, symptoms.
  • If caught early, prostate cancer is very curable when properly treatment.

The power of early detection cannot be underestimated

The reality is that most men know very little about prostate cancer. To detect this disease early, and to make the right decisions regarding treatment, men need to be informed. Use the resources listed to learn about the prostate, and how it’s detected, diagnosed and measured. You’ll discover what it really means to be cured. And that knowledge is the power to take charge of your own prostate cancer situation.

Who’s at risk

There are many variable risk factors for prostate cancer. While we don’t know the exact cause of this disease, we do know that environment and diet can play a role. And we know that men over the age of 50 from Western industrialized nations have a much higher incidence of prostate cancer than men from Asia. Additionally, African-American men are more likely to get an aggressive form of prostate cancer than Caucasian men. Any man whose father, grandfather, uncle or brother has had prostate cancer is also at a greater risk of getting this disease. If you are in one of these risk groups, there are some steps you must take to protect yourself.