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Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Jul 01, 2014
Prostate cancer is a cancer that forms in the tissues of the prostate. Prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, usually occurs in older men.

Prostate Cancer Facts and Figures

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 65 years and older. The occurrence of the cancer is strongly linked to the age of the patient.

After lung cancer, prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men of the United Kingdom.

Mutations in a specific gene increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Men with a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer are at an increased risk of prostate cancer; this is especially true if the relative was diagnosed at an early age.

Black men and Asian men have a higher and lower risk of prostate cancer respectively as compared to white men.

Nearly 899,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, with two-third cases from the more developed regions.

In U.S, 238,590 new cases and 29,720 deaths due to prostate cancer were estimated in the year of 2013.

Digital rectal exam (DRE) and Prostate specific antigen test (PSA) are commonly used to screen for prostate cancer.

References:

1. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/prostate

2. http://prostatecanceruk.org/information/prostate-cancer-facts-and-figures

3. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/keyfacts/prostate-cancer/cancerstats-key-facts-on-prostate-cancer

4. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/ProstateCancer/




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@manishu, India

Survival rate is different for different Countries..... US has the highest survival rates in prostate cancer

@vaishali9524, India

Which country has the highest survival rate for prostate cancer?