10 Things Everyone Should Know
- 1 in every 7 men will get prostate cancer sometime in his life. It is estimated that there will be 220,800 new prostate cancer cases in 2015 – more than lung and colorectal combined.
- The chances of getting prostate cancer are 1 in 3 if you have just one close relative (father, brother) with the disease. The risk is 83% with two close relatives. With three, it's almost a certainty (97%).
- African-American men are at special risk for the disease, with the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world: 1 in 4 men. African American men are 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease.
- Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of male cancer-related death in the United States. There are more than 2.8 million men in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- There are no noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer while it is still in the early stages. This is why getting tested is so critical. Learn about our Free Prostate Cancer Screenings.
- Every man age 45 or over should resolve to be screened annually. African-American men or those with a family history of the disease should start annual testing at 40.
- Before early detection through PSA testing, only 1 in 4 prostate cancer cases were found while still in the early stages. With the widespread use of testing, about 9 out of 10 cases are now found early-giving men a fighting chance.
- Nearly 100% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer while it is still in the early stages are still alive 5 years from diagnosis*. Of men diagnosed in the late stages of the disease, 33.4% survive 5 years*.
- Testing for prostate cancer involves a simple blood test and a physical exam. It takes about 10 minutes and is covered by health insurance in many states.
- Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40.
*Does not include those who died from causes other than prostate cancer.
Sources: ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer and the American Cancer Society.