Every year, more than half a million Americans die from cancer; that is 1 out of every 4 deaths. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States. According to the US Cancer Statistics Incidence and Mortality report, 562,867 people (about 1,500 people a day) died of cancer in the United States in 2007 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2011).
According to the American Cancer Society’s website (http://www.cancer.org):
• In 2007 in the United States 223,307 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 29,093 men died from prostate cancer.
• It is estimated that 240,890 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 33,720 men will die from it in 2011.
• Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men of all races and is the second leading cause of death in men.
• 1 in 6 men will be affected by prostate cancer in their lifetime.
• The National Institutes of Health estimated that for 2010 the overall annual cost of cancer would be about $263.8 billion.
Other Facts About Prostate Cancer:
- Not counting some forms of skin cancer, prostate cancer in the US is the most common cancer in men, regardless of race or ethnicity
- When prostate cancer spreads, it usually spreads to the bones and lymph nodes
- If prostate cancer is detected early, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%
- Tests commonly used to screen for prostate cancer are the digital rectal exam (DRE) and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test
- You can greatly reduce your chance of developing prostate cancer through diet and lifestyle changes
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