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Although prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, most of the time prostate cancer grows slowly, and the survival rate is high.
More than 2 million men in the United States who have had prostate cancer at some point are still alive today, and Martha Jefferson's five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is superior to state and national averages.
The death rate for prostate cancer is going down, perhaps because the disease is being found earlier. The greatest risk factors are age and genetics. One man in six will get prostate cancer in his lifetime. Within the U.S., African-American men have a particularly high risk, though the reasons behind this have not yet been determined.
Martha Jefferson offers an annual free prostate screening for men over 50 or for African American men and men with a family history who are over 45.
If biopsy confirms the presence of prostate cancer, there are several treatment choices currently available at Martha Jefferson: