Prostate Cancer Facts
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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer of men in the United States and affects one in seven men. To put it into perspective, one prostate cancer case is being diagnosed every 2 minutes and one man dies from prostate cancer every 16 minutes.


A man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop any other cancer combined such as, kidney, colon, and bladder cancer. Also, a man is 30% more likely of having prostate cancer than a woman is to have breast cancer.


African American men need to be more aware and knowledgeable of prostate cancer. African American men are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer and two and a half times more likely to die of prostate cancer compared to white males.


Prostate cancer also occurs in families and 15% of all prostate cancers are hereditary. A man with a father, brother, or son with prostate cancer is twice as likely to develop prostate cancer and a man with two or more relatives with prostate cancer is four times more likely to get prostate cancer.


The good news is that we know a lot more about this cancer today compared to ten years ago. There has been a decrease in death rates from prostate cancer in the last 10 years. This is most likely due to the increased use of PSA tests to diagnose cancer and start treatment early.


The risk factors for prostate cancer include the following:

  • familiar clustering

  • genetic susceptibility

  • racial and ethnic susceptibility

  • dietary influences

  • smoking

  • obesity


These are just a few of the main risk factors associated with prostate cancer. Research is ongoing in this field, due to the nature of this  disease.


Prostate dysfunction affects all men. Prostatitis can occur in men as young as twenty years of age. Enlarged prostate and prostate cancer can affect men in their thirties and continue to occur in men in their nineties. In the United States, the average male can expect to live past ninety years of age if he takes care of his health.  For all these reasons, it is important to know about prostate health


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