Each year, more than 186,000 American men learn they have this disease.
Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in this country. Only skin cancer is more common.
Retropubic prostatectomy. Your surgeon can remove the prostate through an incision just above the pubic bone in your lower abdomen. He or she can also check nearby lymph nodes for cancer (see drawing below). This approach gives the surgeon a better chance to spare the nerves (called nerve-sparing surgery) located next to your prostate that control your bladder and erections.
Some experts believe that EVERY man will develop some degree of prostate cancer if he lives long enough. Autopsy studies have shown microscopic evidence of prostate cancer in 15-30% of men over the age of 50 and in 60-70% of men who reach age 80.
But don't let that statistic scare you. The reality is that fewer men are dying from prostate cancer than ever before.
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