Prostate cancer is the most common (non-skin) cancer in American males. 17% of males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime and if a man lives to the eighth or ninth decade, there is a greater than 80% chance of having prostate cancer. The good news is that prostate cancer is often times a slow growing type of cancer that if caught early, can be treated effectively. Some men with low risk prostate cancer may only need observation of the cancer to ensure it stays low risk and does not progress.
Learning if screening for prostate cancer is the right thing for you is very important. Men with a first degree family history of prostate cancer, African American men and men who are concerned should talk more with their doctors to make an informed decision.