I’ve heard that men are likely to die with prostate cancer rather than from it. Is that true?

Expert Opinion published on January 13, 2012 in Basic facts
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Dan Zenka, APR
Senior Vice President, Communications
The Prostate Cancer Foundation
Prostate Cancer Patient and Advocate
I’ve heard that men are likely to die with prostate cancer rather than from it. Is that true?

No, when it comes to prostate cancer there is the myth that, “Oh, men are most likely to die with it rather than from it.” Well, that is partly true, but false as well. We now know through research that there are more than 26 subtypes or varieties of prostate cancer. Some are indolent or non-life threatening, others are very aggressive, and then you have varieties everywhere in between on a spectrum. So, that statement certainly does not apply to prostate cancer. As a man is diagnosed, part of the process is they need to understand their scores, Gleason scores from the biopsies, percentage of involvement in the prostate gland, and then really have an in-depth discussion with their physicians to interpret the results. So, with this many varieties, no, men will die of it, some men, if they are diagnosed at a later age, will die with it.

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