1. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, and the 4th most
common tumor diagnosed worldwide.
2. In the United States, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
For men of African descent, 1 in 5 men will develop the disease.
3. A man of African descent is 73% more likely to develop prostate cancer than a
Caucasian man, and is nearly 2.3 times more likely to die from the disease.
4. In 2017, more than 161,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and nearly
27,000 men will die from the disease. One new case occurs every 3.3 minutes and
a man dies from prostate cancer every 20 minutes.
5. A non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop
colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma and kidney cancers combined.
6. It is estimated that more than 3 million American men are living with prostate cancer.
7. As men increase in age, their risk of developing prostate cancer increases
exponentially. About 6 in 10 cases are found in men over the age of 65.
8. Men with relatives—father, brother, son—with a history of prostate cancer are twice
as likely to develop the disease.
9. If the cancer is caught at its earliest stages, most men will not experience
10. Prostate cancer is 100% treatable if detected early.
Terms to know from this article:
A mass of excess tissue that results from abnormal cell division. Tumors perform no useful body function. They may be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).