Here are the top 10 things you should now about prostate cancer:
1. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men in the U.S., and the 4th most common tumor diagnosed worldwide.
2. In the United States, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. For men of African descent, 1 in 7 will develop the disease.
3. African American men are 79% more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men, and are more than twice as likely to die from the disease.
4. In 2021, almost 250,000 U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 34,000 will die from the disease. That’s one new case diagnosed every 2 minutes and another death from prostate cancer every 15 minutes.
5. A man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, kidney, melanoma, and stomach cancers combined.
6. It is estimated that more than 3 million U.S. men are living with prostate cancer.
7. As men increase in age, their risk of developing prostate cancer increases exponentially. About 6 in 10 cases are found in men over the age of 65.
8. Men with relatives — father, brother, son — with a history of prostate cancer may be twice as likely to develop the disease.
9. Prostate cancer can be silent — it’s important to get checked, even if you have no symptoms.
10. 99% of patients with local or regional disease live 5 years or longer after diagnosis.
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