Early Detection for Prostate Cancer
Conversations: Raising the Profile of Prostate Cancer
11.19.13 | By Matt Bennett
Prostate cancer is the second-most common form of cancer affecting men. In 2013, it is estimated that nearly 240,000 American men will be diagnosed with the disease and 29,000 will die from it.
Fortunately, while one in six men will be afflicted with prostate cancer at some point in their life, most men will survive the disease if is caught and treated at an early stage. According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, 99 percent of men will live at least five years after an initial prostate cancer diagnosis. In fact, there are more than 2.5 million Americans diagnosed with prostate cancer still alive today.
But as with any other cancer, early diagnosis is key to a successful treatment outcome. The five-year survival rate falls all the way to 28 percent if the cancer is not detected before it reaches other parts of the body.
Given the crucial role early detection plays in surviving prostate cancer, we turn this week to our Conversations Forum to find out:
What ways can we elevate the conversation around prostate cancer to ensure early detection by those at risk?
We look forward to learning what this week’s contributors think about the issue, and encourage you to join the conversation by sharing your thoughts in the comment section.