One in seven men will be diagnosed with a disease that rarely presents with symptoms: prostate cancer.
There are more than 160,000 new cases of prostate cancer expected in the U.S. this year, and men have an 11.6-percent chance of developing the disease over the course of their lifetime, according to the NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program.
This common cancer is treatable when caught early, with a nearly 100-percent five-year survival rate for cancers that haven’t spread beyond the prostate or have only spread to nearby areas, per the American Cancer Society. But the survival rate plummets to 29 percent among stage IV cancer cases when the disease spreads to distant parts of the body.
What are the symptoms and signs?
“The most common symptom is no symptom at all,” Dr. Christopher Anderson, a urologist with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, told Fox News.
Some men may experience symptoms like pain in the bones and weight loss when the cancer has already spread, Anderson said.
Dr. Philip Kantoff, a medical oncologist and chair of the department of medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, reiterated that the disease doesn’t typically cause symptoms. Symptoms could instead be due to an enlarged or inflamed prostate, neither of which are cancerous.