According to the American Cancer Society:
• About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.
• Prostate cancer is more likely to develop in older men, with the average age of 67 when first diagnosed.
• Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer.
• About 1 in 43 men will die of prostate cancer.
Early detection matters:
• 99% – 5-year survival rate if cancer is detected early before it spreads or only spreads to nearby structures or lymph nodes.
• 32% – 5-year survival rate if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body such as the lungs, liver or bones.
Your screening options:
• Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test
• Digital rectal exam (DRE)
• No single screening is absolute. A diagnosis is usually dependent on several factors, and other tests like a prostate biopsy or an MRI may be needed.
Discuss your options with your Primary Care Physician. You may also be referred to a Urologist for testing, diagnosis and a plan of treatment if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer.