Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men above the age of 60. Overall, it is the second most common type of cancer among men across the globe.
Below are 6 facts about prostate cancer and prostate cancer treatment you should know.
- The likelihood of getting prostate cancer when you are less than 40 years is less than 1%. The average age at which a diagnosis is made is 60.
- The incidence of prostate cancer is higher in men compared to the incidences of breast cancer in women. The highest incidence of prostate cancer is North America and Oceania while the lowest incidence is in Africa and Asia.
- In most cases, early stages of prostate cancer are asymptomatic. Therefore, you should get regularly screened after you reach 40. Screening includes a digital rectal exam and prostate specific antigen blood test.
- Prostate cancer is among the types of cancer with the highest recovery rate. Even at the later stages, recovery rate is notably higher than that of other types of cancer. Within 5 years of detection, at stage 1, 2 and 3 patients have 99% recovery rate and at stage 4 recovery rate is at about 30 percent.
- Advancements in prostate cancer treatment allow for genetic testing to analyze the genes from which an oncologist can predict whether to put you on intensive therapies or not.
- It is safe for prostate cancer patients to remain sexually active even as they undergo treatment. However, it is common for many prostate cancer patients to experience erectile dysfunction and low libido during the treatment period.
Having a good understanding of the disease will help you take the necessary prevention measures, diagnose it early and successfully get treated for it.