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Most prostate cancer patients can live a long time after diagnosis. In this video, William Oh, MD, an oncologist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, explains that some kinds of prostate cancer, however, are aggressive and have a higher mortality rate.
Like most cancers, the ability to survive depends on the patient’s stage and the grade of the disease. The stage refers to “how much” cancer one has. The grade tells you “how aggressive” the cancer is.
In a report of cancer survival rates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2015, prostate cancer was mentioned as having the highest five-year survival rate at 97%. The relative 10-year survival rate for prostate cancer is nearly as high, and the 15-year relative survival rate is about 94%. This means that most men have a high chance of survival, years after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Over the last 15 years, there has been much progress in the treatment of prostate cancer, with various medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the disease at various stages of progression. Today, there is also a much broader understanding among men at middle age about the importance of prostate screening by their primary doctors, despite the stigma of the digital-rectal prostate exam.
A greater understanding of the biology and the genetics of prostate cancer has also helped researchers and scientists develop effective treatments.
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