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What Should I Know About Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer information — Prostate Screening & Awareness Program at Methodist Health System in North Texas

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer
  • About 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer

About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66, but if every case were caught early, almost all could be cured.

Since 1995, approximately 2,600,000 men in the United States have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and nearly 375,000 men have lost their lives to this disease (American Urology Association n.d.). In addition, the National Cancer Institute has spent $2.1 billion on prostate cancer research and as of November 2005, approximately 28,111 scientific papers concerning prostate cancer have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals. At the same time, mortality rates from prostate cancer have been declining: 34,475 men died in 1995 compared with an estimated 30,350 in 2005.

Screening and Diagnosis

Finding urologic problems early — screening and diagnosis for urologic problems at Methodist Health System in North Texas

Careful screening and accurate diagnosis lay the groundwork for timely and effective treatment of urologic problems. At Methodist Health System in North Texas, our community screening programs and up-to-date screening technologies help us pinpoint problems with the bladder, prostate, and urinary tract early and accurately.

Urinary IncontinenceMen, women, and even some young people can struggle with bladder control, but certain factors can put a person at greater risk:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth, which can weaken pelvic muscles
  • Hormonal changes linked to menopause
  • Medications that affect muscles or nerves
  • Being overweight, which can increase pressure on the bladder
  • Drinking alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, which can cause bladder leakage


American Urology Association (n.d.), Prostate Cancer viewed 12 October 2015. https://www.auanet.org/education/guidelines/prostate-cancer.cfm#2 

The topics and content presented in the animations were provided by an independent source and were not created, edited, or the accuracy confirmed by Methodist in any manner. They are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to be a substitute for medical advice and information provided by your health care provider. Any decision you make regarding your health care options should be made after consulting a qualified physician.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, or any other affiliated institution.

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