If prostate cancer is caught before reaching the end stage, then it is often treated very successfully. Treatment has been getting higher and higher success rates within the last twenty years, although it is still not known what causes the cancer and how to prevent it.
However, if the cancer spreads from the prostate gland to the bone then it becomes extremely difficult and often impossible to cure. In this situation treatments are aimed at prolonging life and relieving symptoms rather than curing.
When a cancer reaches its end stage the patient may start to show signs such as weight loss, tiredness and pains in different places. In the case of this type of cancer, this is especially true in the lower back and hips.
Prostate cancer is the second most likely cause of death to a man in cancer related deaths. If left untreated and provided the man does not die of other reasons, it will cause death. As it is a slow developing cancer, in many cases the man may die of other causes before being killed by the cancer. This is especially true as prostate cancer is much more likely to occur amongst older men, and can take 15 years or more to full develop.
If the cancer has reached an un-curable stage, then treatments can be effective at reducing pain and prolonging life, although as has been said once the cancer spreads to the bone it is usually untreatable.
The Survival Rates
Prostate cancer, while not receiving as much exposure as other cancers, is the most common of all amongst men in the US and UK. According to the NHS, around 111 men out of 100000 will get prostate cancer at some point during their lives.
As this type of cancer is a slow developing cancer and is most common amongst older men, many die of other causes without being affected by it. However it is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK. Around 10000 men die from it each year in the UK.
In the past, because of the difficulty in treatment the survival rate for prostate cancer was quite low. However for the last twenty years the survival rate has been improving and was around 86 percent in 2009. Compared to 31 percent in 1975, this is a vast improvement.
Age plays the biggest factor in this type of cancer, with older men much more likely to suffer from it. Above 65 the chances of getting increase greatly, and above 85 even more. You can find out more about treatment options at our health-and-beauty-base.com website. Men with a family history of the cancer also have a much higher chance of getting it themselves.
There is no known way of decreasing your risk of getting prostate cancer, although a diet including a lot of animal fats may increase the chance of getting it.