What do you really know about prostate cancer? There are quite a few surprising facts about this deadly disease.
You’ll probably be seeing a lot of mustaches this month, and that’s because it’s “Movember,” an annual awareness event where men grow out their facial hair to raise awareness of men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer. And the reality is, most men don’t know much about prostate cancer, and how likely they are to get it.
Prostate cancer refers to the development of cancer in a gland in the male reproductive system known as the prostate. These cancers are typically slow growing, although they can grow quickly, and they can spread to the bones or the lymph nodes. Initially, they don’t cause any symptoms, so you could have it and not even know it.
The amazing truth about prostate cancer is that it is totally survivable. When prostate cancer has not spread outside the prostate, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent, and 98 percent survive after 10 years. Even after 15 years, that rate only drops to 95 percent.
It’s when the cancer spreads when you’re in trouble. The five-year survival rate in those cases is just 28 percent. So that’s why it’s important to get checked regularly so you can catch it early.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
Later stage symptoms include blood in the urine, difficulty urinating, and pain in the pelvis.
The good thing is, if you’re young, you probably aren’t going to get it. About 99 percent of cases happen in men who are over the age of 50.
But there are a few facts you should know. For one, if you have a first-degree relative who has had it, that makes your risk increase by two to threefold.
Prostate cancer is more common in African Americans than caucasians.
Eating processed meat, red meat, and dairy can raise your risk of getting prostate cancer.