Prostate Cancer Information

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Not a Diagnosis to Take Lightly

Although people find a degree of comfort in knowing that prostate cancer is considered a slow-growing cancer, it is not a diagnosis to take lightly.

Let me share with you some of the powerful truths I’ve discovered, just within the population of the United States:

  • One out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. That means that this year alone, one case of prostate cancer will be diagnosed every three minutes. That’s nearly 219,000 men who will be faced with the news before the year is over.
  • One out of every thirty-five men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer will die from the disease. That is an average of one death every twenty minutes.
  • Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in men.
  • More than 70 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65. (Chances of developing prostate cancer increase in men over the age of 50. For those under the age of 50, it is quite rare.)
  • By the age of 80, more than 50 percent of all men will develop some cancerous growth. In most cases, however, it goes unnoticed.
  • If you are diagnosed with cancer, your son faces a 33% increased probability of receiving the same diagnosis. This is NOT the legacy I want to share!

As you know, at this point in time, doctors cannot offer a cure, but do present a variety of treatment options. I’d like to caution you that it’s often assumed that you’ll simply agree to invasive surgeries which have serious side-effects and are potentially debilitating. Seek a second opinion and make an informed decision.

Stop by this website often to learn the latest lab developments regarding the GLIPR1 protein therapy. Remember, your contributions fund the ongoing work of Research Scientists towards the cure for prostate cancer. I believe that we WILL see a non-invasive cure for prostate cancer in our lifetime.

Read more about how Tony’s Prostate Cancer Research foundation is supporting break through research in the lab at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Prostate Cancer Facts

This summary section refers to specific treatments under study in clinical trials, but it may not mention every new treatment being studied. Information about ongoing clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

From the American Cancer Society

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, in American men.
  • The ACS estimates that during 2006 about 234,460 new cases will be diagnosed in the US.
  • About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
  • Only 1 man in 34 with prostate cancer will die of this disease.
  • A little over 1.8 million men in the United States are survivors of prostate cancer.
  • Prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in American men.
  • The ACS estimates that 27,350 men in the United States will die of prostate cancer during 2006.
  • Prostate cancer accounts for about 9% of cancer-related deaths in men.
  • Among men diagnosed with prostate cancer (all stages and grades),
    • nearly 100% survive at least 5 years,
    • 93% survive at least 10 years, and
    • 77% survive at least 15 years.
  • Men with localized prostate cancer have nearly the same 5- and 10-year survival as men without prostate cancer.
  • More than 90% of all prostate cancers are found in the local and regional stages (local means it is still confined to the prostate; regional means it has spread from the prostate to nearby areas, but not to distant sites such as bone). The 5-year relative survival rate for all of these men is nearly 100%.
  • Of the men whose prostate cancers have already spread to distant parts of the body at the time of diagnosis, about 34% will survive at least 5 years.
  • Modern methods of detection and treatment now mean that prostate cancers are detected earlier and treated more effectively, which has led to a yearly drop in death rate of about 3.5% in recent years.
  • The chance of having prostate cancer increases rapidly after age 50.
  • About two thirds of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65. It is still unclear why this increase with age occurs.
  • Prostate cancer occurs about 60% more often in African-American men than in white American men.
  • Compared with men of other races, African-American men are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage.
  • African-American men are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as white men.
  • Prostate cancer occurs less frequently in Asian men than in whites.
  • Hispanic men develop prostate cancer at similar rates as white men. The reasons for these racial differences are not clear.
  • Prostate cancer is most common in North America and northwestern Europe. It is less common in Asia, Africa, Central America, and South America. The reason for this is not well understood, but we know that is not simply due to better screening in North America and Europe.
  • Prostate cancer seems to run in some families, suggesting an inherited or genetic factor. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man's risk of developing this disease. (The risk is higher for men with an affected brother than for those with an affected father.) The risk is much higher for men with several affected relatives, particularly if their relatives were young at the time of diagnosis.
  • Men who eat a lot of red meat or who have a lot of high-fat dairy products in their diet appear to have a slightly higher chance of developing prostate cancer.
  • Some studies have suggested that men who consume a lot of calcium (through diets or supplements) may have a higher risk of developing advanced prostate cancer. Most studies, however, have not found such a link with the levels of calcium commonly consumed in the average diet, and it’s important to note that calcium is known to have other important health benefits.
  • Several substances, including lycopenes (found in high levels in some fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and watermelon), vitamin D, vitamin E, and the mineral selenium may lower prostate cancer risk.
  • The best advice to lower prostate cancer risk is to eat fewer red meats and high-fat dairy products and to eat 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day. This may also reduce the risk of several other cancers, as well as other health problems such as heart disease.

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