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Understanding Prostate Cancer

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is important to learn about all treatments and surgical options.

About one third of American men will have microscopic traces of prostate cancer by age 50. Half to three-quarters of all men will have some cancerous changes in their prostate glands by age 75. More than half of all men will have some cancer in their prostate by age 80.1

Every patient’s prostate cancer should be treated based on their individual situation, including whether to actively treat the cancer and what method to use.

Active treatment usually begins a few weeks to months after diagnosis. During this time, you should meet with various doctors to learn about your treatment and surgical options. If possible, you may want to include your spouse or partner while making a decision on treatment, since a diagnosis of cancer and your treatment choice may affect both of you.

In this section, you can learn about the symptoms, growth and diagnosis of prostate cancer.

 

PN 1002339 Rev A 04/2013


  1. National Cancer Institute, Facts About Prostate Cancer: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/prostate-cancer-treatment-choices/page2

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