Eight Facts About Prostate Cancer

  1. Believe it or not, the most common type of cancer in America (excluding skin cancers) is prostate cancer.
  2. Over the course of their lives, 1 in 8 American men are projected to develop prostate cancer.
  3. There are a number of risk factors associated with prostate cancer, the greatest being age. Other risk factors include family history, genetics, race, dietary habits and lifestyle.
  4. As with many other diseases, prostate cancer frequently runs in families. A man with one relative with prostate cancer is twice as likely to later be diagnosed with this disease himself. Having two or more relatives with a prostate cancer history ups this risk to four times as likely.
  5. Compared to White men, African-Americans are 75 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer, and are also 2.2 times as likely to die from this type of cancer.
  6. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, there is no confirmed link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk.
  7. In 2019, more than three million American men were believed to be living with prostate cancer.
  8. Assuming the cancer hasn’t spread to other parts of the body, the five year survival rate for prostate cancer is over 99 percent. If the cancer reaches the lungs, liver, bones or other important regions of the body, the survival rate drops to just over 30 percent.

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