Prostate cancer is a story of both heartbreak and hope. The heartbreak is that each year, more than 26,000 men will die of this disease. In 2016, it is estimated 180,890 new cases will be diagnosed, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death of U.S. men, however, the hope is if diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent, according to the NCI. At 10 years post diagnosis, 98 percent of men diagnosed early, remain alive.
Risk Factors / Prevention Tips
• Having a family history of prostate cancer puts you at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer in your lifetime.
• African-American men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than other ethnicities.
• Diet, exercise and body weight can be risk factors or prevention steps depending on how well each are managed.
Men 50 years of age or older should talk with their doctor about having regular PSA’s (prostate specific antigen – a simple lab test) and a digital rectal exam. Your doctor may recommend earlier screenings if you are considered high risk. Call (618) 465-2264 for community screening dates.
OSF Saint Anthony’s Statistics
• 43% of our total analytic prostate cancer cases were diagnosed at stage 2.
Analytic Cases: Patients initially diagnosed at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center or received all or part of their first course of therapy at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center.