According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer next to skin cancer in the United States. Last year alone, there were 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer just within the US. If detected early on, prostate cancer can easily be treated with a variety of treatment options. If you are a male over the age of 50, you should be tested for prostate cancer. If you don’t know much about this form of cancer, this article will discuss three facts about it to help you feel more informed. Read on to learn more.
It’s Fairly Curable
The bizarre thing about prostate cancer is that it is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men. However, most men who get prostate cancer won’t die from it. As previously stated and as with all forms of cancer, the sooner it is detected and treated, the more likely you are to live.
There Are Different Treatments
Depending on the size and location of the tumor on the prostate, you will have a few options on how to treat it including radiation, focal therapies, chemotherapy, and surgery. Here at UTMB, we focus on radiation and focal therapies to treat prostate cancer without actually having to remove the prostate in the process.
Unlike diseases like heart or lung disease, when it comes to cancer, it’s usually something that is pain-free. With prostate cancer, most patients have no idea that they have cancer and have very few symptoms if any— that’s why it’s critical for patients to get checked when they are over the age of 50.
Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that afflicts millions of men in the United States. Luckily, as long as it is caught fairly early on, prostate cancer is curable or can be isolated and contained. If you have a family history of prostate cancer or if you are over the age of 50, you should get checked on a regular basis. To learn more about prostate cancer and prostate cancer treatments, contact UTMB Radiology today to schedule an appointment.