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Early detection equals 99% 5-year survival rate

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POSTED May 29, 2012 6:16 p.m.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the U.S. after lung cancer, but there is good news. If detected early, prostate cancer has a 5-year survival rate of nearly 99%.

Screening for prostate cancer is generally recommended for men starting at age 50. If there is a family history of prostate cancer then screening is recommended at an earlier age. Screening usually involves a PSA (blood test) and a rectal exam. If either is abnormal, then a biopsy is recommended. 

Currently, a biopsy of the prostate is the best way to confirm if prostate cancer is present and this is typically performed after a visit with a urologist. 

If cancer is detected, there are many ways to treat and permanently cure this condition.  Your urologist will be happy to answer any questions and concerns that you may have.


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