According to Prostate Cancer Canada, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with the disease, making it one of the most common cancers found in men. Choosing to be tested and screened can a tough decision. For many patients, testing does not improve health and can cause – rather than relieve – anxiety due to the inaccuracy of current tests. The good news is that through research, clinicians have been able to better predict how the cancer will respond to treatment and determine the best course of action for patients. The long-term prognosis for patients with prostate cancer is encouraging: the 10-year survival ratio is 95%, the highest among all cancers in men. Deaths from prostate cancer have also been declining over the last 20 years.
It is important to continue to raise awareness about prostate cancer risk factors, testing options, and lifestyle choices that may reduce your cancer risk. We’ve compiled some resources to help you learn more.