Prostate cancer is one of the cancer types that is slow to grow and isn’t quick to spread. Through going along diagnoses, prostate cancer can be considered to be less threatening compared to other types of cancers. Prostate cancer is seen as a less dangerous illness than other medical conditions for many men. Because of these reasons, and due to early detection stages, prostate cancer tops as one of the highest cancer survival rates of all the different types of cancer. Knowing this can help explore what this means for those at potential risk.
Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer next to skin cancer. In a man’s lifetime, only 1 in 7 will be diagnosed with cancer. For much older men who are never diagnosed, it is astonishing to find two thirds of them could have prostate cancer. Out of these figures, only 1 in 36 men actually dies from prostate cancer. The diagnose of prostate cancer in these much older men usually turn out to be slow growing and non aggressive. Hence, the actual cause of their death is usually due to other health and medical illnesses like heart disease, stroke and others. It has nothing to do with prostate cancer.
One can say that prostate cancer survival rates look positive. By the time men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, they are around the age of 70. Many of these men face death due to other complications of health problems over the period of 5 years that is irrelevant to prostate cancer. When survival rate of prostate cancer is calculated excluding these group of men who die of other causes, the figures look very encouraging. About 99% of men with prostate cancer that is common will hold out for 5 years and more upon being diagnosed. And for most of the men whose prostate cancer has not spreaded and remain only in one area nearby, the prognosis is far more promising. Close to all of them will live for a minimum of 5 years. For men with prostate cancer that has spreaded which make up about 30%, 1 in 3 of them will live for at least 5 years after diagnosis. However, this is mere approximate statistic.
It is quite complex to understand the prognosis of your prostate cancer because of the various factors involved in the growth and development of prostate cancer. There are some factors that will influence the result of your cancer and they are PSA level, stage and gleason grade or score.
There are fewer men (5%) that have advanced prostate cancer as compared to localized cancer (only in one area) and 9 out of 10 men with prostate cancer have localized cancer so it’s safe to say none of these men will pass away from prostate cancer after 5 years.
Despite all the statistics that are gathered, there isn’t complete certainty on how dependable they are. It does not foretell what will become of you and exactly how long your lifespan is. Each person’s cancer is different and individualistic. The way and how cancer grows and their rate differs from one person to another. There is not enough specific information on what treatments the patient had and how the prognosis was impacted by those treatments.
Unfortunately, statistics are often not up to date. With any kind of statistics, much time is needed for them to be gathered and collaborated. Hence, it is not an accurate speculation that includes more recent developments in treatments. There are newer drugs used to treat advanced cancer and this is it is not taken into consideration into the above statistics. On the other hand, it is a good thing that these statistics are outdated as there is probably better and more improved statistics considering the 5 year relative survival rate for men diagnosed with cancer was 92.9% in 1990 and at present, it is 99%.