Each year, more than 241,000 American men learn they have this disease. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in this country. Only skin cancer is more common.
Most men with prostate cancer are older than 65 years and do not die from the disease. Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men than in white men.
Compared to other types of cancer, prostate cancer is somewhat unusual because many tumors do not spread from the prostate. If the prostate cancer does spread to another part of the body through a process called metastasis, and cannot be well controlled with treatment, it can cause pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. Often, even metastatic prostate cancer can be successfully treated, allowing men with prostate cancer to live with good health for several years.
Learning about medical care for prostate cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your cancer care. Use the following sections for more in-depth explanations of Testing & Diagnosis, Staging, and Treatment Options.
Visit the National Cancer Institute where this information and more can be found about Prostate Cancer or ask your Compass Oncology cancer care team questions about your individual situation.