About Prostate Cancer

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the prostate gland. This is the most diagnosed cancer in American men, and is the second lead cause of cancer-related deaths. One in six American men will develop prostate cancer, with approximately 230,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

New tests and public education programs have greatly increased early detection rates. Today, 86% of all prostate cancer cases are diagnosed before tumors have spread beyond the prostate gland. In these cases, the five-year survivability rate is nearly 100%.

Each prostate cancer patient must make a personal decision regarding treatment options, which range from "watchful waiting" to surgery. This can be a difficult decision due to the wide variety of treatment options, each with associated risks and benefits. The Arnold Palmer Prostate Center medical team will guide you through this decision process.

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