Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after non-melanoma skin cancer). In 2023, it is estimated that about 34 700 men will die from the disease—or nearly 1 000 men each day. However, prostate cancer can often be found early through screening tests. The American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, men who are at average risk of prostate cancer, should have a conversation with their healthcare provider about screening tests.1
In addition to the physical toll of the disease, a prostate cancer diagnosis can bring tremendous emotional strain to patients and families—particularly when it is in the later stages. Managing the uncertainty that comes with a diagnosis and trying to understand treatment options can add to this stress.
For some patients, taking control and learning about the disease and treatment journey can help. Taking steps to learn about your healthcare team, including a urologist, medical oncologist and/or radiation oncologist, or to learn about biomarkers such as PSMA, prostate-specific membrane antigen, can be reassuring.
Fortunately, there are many resources available to help patients and families learn about prostate cancer and the latest research, as well as deal with the emotional toll of the diagnosis.