Prostate Cancer: The Basics

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What if we told you that 13 percent of Americans with a prostate will develop prostate cancer? Not enough to get your attention? OK, what if we changed that to 1 in 8? That's right. One. In. Eight. Prostate cancer is the second most common male cancer, behind only skin cancer.

Wow, downer. OK, what if we then told you that the five-year relative survival rate for prostate cancer is 98 percent? We're in good graces again, right? And the prospects are getting even better, with earlier detection, less invasive testing and treatment, and genetic testing.

To keep prostate cancer top of mind, September has been named Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to be part of the educational mission. Each week during September, we are going to reveal a quiz loaded with information to help men stay aware. Join us as we explore Risk Factors, Prevention, Symptoms, Testing & Treatment, and Life After.

Don't worry, we're not going to grade you. We simply want you to know as much as you can about a disease that is likely to touch you, either directly or peripherally. Come back every Wednesday this month for more.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Week 1: Risk Factors
What factors should you consider when trying to decipher your risk for prostate cancer?
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Week 2: Prevention
Here are several factors you can control in your efforts to prevent prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Week 3: Symptoms
Some men don't feel any prostate cancer symptoms, but if you do, don't ignore these common ones.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Week 4: Testing and Treatment
You've been tested and diagnosed with prostate cancer, so what's next?
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Week 5: Life After
You received a prostate cancer diagnosis, underwent treatment and beat it. Now what?