Prostate cancer is cancer
that originates from the prostate gland. Because the prostate gland is only
found in men, prostate cancer is limited to men. While men can get prostate
cancer at any age, over 70% of reported cases of prostate cancer are
diagnosed in men over the age of sixty-five. The following risk factors can
increase a man's chances of getting prostate cancer: age, race, nationality,
diet, physical activity and family history.
Of all cancers, Prostate cancer causes the second most deaths in men. The survival rate of men with prostate cancer is strongly influenced by the stage of the disease. Prostate cancer is broken down into the following four stages:
|1. Stage One - The prostate
tumor is found "by accident" and couldn't be felt during the
digital rectal examination (DRE). The prostate cancer is
localized and has not spread to the lymph nodes or other organs.
|2. Stage Two - The prostate
tumor is found "by accident" or through a biopsy done because of
a high PSA blood test result (measures a protein made by
prostate cells). The prostate cancer is localized and has not
spread to the lymph nodes or other organs.
|3. Stage Three - The prostate tumor spreads outside of the prostate gland, usually to seminal vesicles; however, the prostate cancer does not spread to lymph nodes or any other organs|
|4. Stage Four - The prostate
cancer spreads to lymph nodes distant organs.
Over 70% of all prostate cancer incidents found at the
localized stages and is treatable through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy
and hormonal therapy. The five-year survival rate for these men is 100%. For
men whose prostate cancer has spread to the surrounding tissues, the cancer,
in most cases, is still treatable and the five-year survival rate is 94%. In
Stage Four prostate cancer, the survival rate drops dramatically and the
five year survival rate is only 33%.
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(National Cancer Society - Cancer Facts & Figures 2002)