Prostate cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in men after skin cancer. It is estimated that 200,000 men per year in the US alone will develop this disease. The good news is that it is far less likely to lead to death, with only one in 35 succumbing. This is because generally, this form of cancer is not aggressive – although it can be in some cases.
Prostate cancer is not only slow in growing; it is also not as likely to spread to other parts of the body as many other kinds of cancers do. The best way to find out if there is a problem is to see the doctor for a regular check-up as you age. A physical examination is necessary, but a blood test is even more so, to find out if you have prostate specific antigen in your blood.
Some testing will find cancer that is relatively harmless; if this is treated there is the possibility you will suffer from side effects such as incontinence and impotence from the treatment. It is therefore necessary to make sure that the cancer you have is indeed, in need of treatment.