The fear of having prostate cancer can be devastating to men. However, it is most successfully treated when found early. Consider these statistics from the American Cancer Society:
- More than 90 percent of all prostate cancers are discovered while they are either localized (confined to the prostate) or regional (nearby). The five-year relative survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate tumors discovered at these stages is nearly 100 percent.
- In the past 25 years, the five-year relative survival rate for all stages combined has increased from 69 percent to nearly 100 percent.
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, excluding skin cancer.
- For 2011, the American Cancer Society estimates about 241,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S.
- Year 2011 estimates also include 34,000 deaths occurring from prostate cancer in the U.S. alone, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in men.