Awareness and Screening
Prostate cancer begins with very small changes in the size and shape of the prostate gland cells. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in men, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. While 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, only 1 in 35 men will die of this disease. New treatment options for prostate cancer are now available with da Vinci robotic surgery.
The American Cancer Society reports that prostate cancer death rates are going down. Additionally, ACS believes that doctors should offer the prostate cancer screening tests yearly, beginning at age 50 to men who do not have any major medical problems and can be expected to live at least 10 more years. Men should talk to their doctors about the benefits, risks, side effects, and ask questions about early prostate cancer tests and treatment.
Learn about prostate cancer screening and early detection on the ACS website: How is Prostate Cancer Found?