Every man and those who love him should know how to prevent prostate cancer. This is because a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every three minutes. Fortunately, thanks to strides in cancer research and cancer clinical trials, this disease is often preventable and has a very high survival rate, if detected in the early stages.
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and prostate cancer is the most common [non-skin] cancer in men. Therefore, it’s a good time to brush up on the facts of prostate cancer screenings, and make sure you, or the males in your life, are getting screened for prostate cancer in a timely manner.
Topics: Prostate Cancer
Men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than any other type of cancer with the exception of skin cancer. Prostate cancer affects only men, and involves the walnut-sized prostate gland that’s part of the male reproductive system.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one out of every seven men will develop prostate cancer. The ACS estimates that this year, in the United States, more than 161,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer for the first time. Nearly 27,000 men are estimated to die from this disease in 2017.
Knowledge is power: Now that you know how common this prostate cancer is, you can — and should — take steps to reduce your risks of developing this disease. Unfortunately, there are no telltale early warning symptoms for prostate cancer. That’s why prevention is so important.