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  • Prostate Cancer: An Overview

    Today…

    • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States.1
    • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in men, with 30,350 prostate cancer related deaths predicted in 2005 alone.2
    • Prostate cancer makes up one-third of all cancer cases in men.3
    • There will be a projected 232,090 prostate cancer cases in men this year.2
    • There are more than two million American men currently living with prostate cancer.4
    • One new case of prostate cancer occurs every 2.5 minutes, and a man dies from prostate cancer every 17 minutes.4

    In a Lifetime…

    • The chance that a man will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime is 1 in 6.5
    • The chance that a man will die from the disease is 1 in 33.3
    • By age 50, about one-third of American men have microscopic signs of prostate cancer.6
    • African-American men have about a 60% higher incidence rate than Caucasian men, and a mortality rate that is 2-times that of their white counterparts.7

    Testing and Costs

    • Recent studies indicate current detection and diagnoses methods often produce inaccurate results.8
    • Doctors at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio studied 5,000 men over a seven-year period. Research revealed men with PSA levels as low as 1.0 developed prostate cancer while others with much higher PSAs did not.8
    • Not including pathology costs, a prostate biopsy costs approximately $900 (with Medicare, the cost is around $400).9
    • The cost of a one-time prostate cancer screening of U.S. men over 50 years of age has been estimated at between $12 billion and $28 billion.10
    • The total discounted cost per patient for a combined digital rectal examination and PSA measurement is estimated to range from $161 to $414.10

    1 National Cancer Institute, Prostate Cancer,
    2 National Cancer Institute, Seer Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2002,
    3 American Cancer Society Cancer Statistics 2005 Presentation,
    4 Prostate Cancer Foundation, Prostate Cancer Facts,
    5 National Cancer Institute, Cancer Stat Fact Sheets,
    6 National Cancer Institute, Treatment Choices,
    7 National Cancer Institute, Incidence and Mortality,

    8 PSA Test No Longer Gives Clear Answers, Gina Kolata, New York Times: June 20, 2005, citing The Journal of the American Medical Association, July 6 2005 issue,
    9 Neal D. Shore, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Carolina Urologic Research Center,
    10 The American Medical Association, Screening and Early Detection of Prostate Cancer

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