It’s no secret that most men would prefer to never think, talk or hear about prostate cancer. Unfortunately, risk for this potentially fatal disease gets higher as men age and although early detection can lead to a very positive outcome, ignoring the topic just isn’t smart. There are statistics related to this particular form of cancer that simply make it vital for men to not only talk about it, but also do something about it.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer occurs when something goes wrong with the body’s cell replication process. In the case of prostate cancer, the disease originates in the walnut-sized gland that is located just below the bladder in men. This gland is responsible for producing some of the fluid in semen. If prostate cancer forms, the cell replication process goes off course and growth occurs when it should not with old cells not dying off. Overtime, a tumor may form. This may or may not be malignant.
Early detection of prostate cancer through routine screenings can lead to a very high survivability rate for this particular disease. The need to go in for screening, however, isn’t always heeded by men. When some facts about the disease are considered, the reason for screening becomes clear:
- It is estimated that 1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- An estimated 1 in 38 men die from prostate cancer.
- Diagnosis of the disease typically occurs in men in later age with over age 65 the most common.
- An estimated 230,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.
Prostate cancer might not be a pleasant topic of conversation, but it’s an issue men should concern themselves with. Action can lead to positive results, making addressing this topic important.