Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men other than skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 241,740 cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2012. In West Michigan, prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer, after breast cancer.
Prostate cancer does not always produce symptoms, so the most common way to catch prostate cancer is by scheduling regular exams and screenings. The average age for a man to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is 67 years, but it is commonly detected in men in their fifties and occasionally in men younger than 50.
The good news is that, when detected early, prostate cancer is one of the most successfully treated cancers. Our prostate cancer treatments offer better survival rates three, four and five years after diagnosis than the national average, according to the National Cancer Database (NCDB).
At Spectrum Health, we have what it takes to fight prostate cancer—and win.