Thousands of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone. Here are 5 fast facts you should know about its symptoms, when to get screened, and how common this cancer is.
1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. It is the second most common cancer in men worldwide.1
Men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than colon, kidney, melanoma, and stomach cancers combined.2
There are typically no symptoms of early-stage prostate cancer, so getting screened is crucial, especially if you’re over 40 years old.
If symptoms are present, they may include3:
- Need to urinate more frequently
- Difficulty urinating
- Blood in urine or semen
You are more at risk for prostate cancer if:
- You are over the age of 50
- You are African American
- You have a family history of prostate cancer
Talk to your physician about screening for prostate cancer. The overall five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is around 99% when diagnosed early.4