At Vituro Health we empower men and their families at all life stages with comprehensive prostate care, ranging from concierge medical services and resources to advanced treatment options. Often our patients are facing a prostate cancer diagnosis and along with that comes many questions. We are here to be your resource as you navigate prostate cancer care.
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer forms in the tissues of the prostate. Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men in the United States, affecting 1 in 7 men.
What is the survival rate for prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer, when identified early, typically has a good prognosis. There are about 2.9 million men in the U.S. alive today who were previously diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, on average, men with prostate cancer are about 90 percent as likely as men who do not have that cancer to live for at least 5 years after diagnosis.
What causes prostate cancer?
There are no known causes of prostate cancer, however, there are risk factors for prostate cancer.
Who is at risk for prostate cancer?
Men older than 65 years, men with a family history of prostate cancer and African-American men are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
What are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer?
An elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level often signals the potential for prostate cancer, but early cases of prostate cancer often do not have any symptoms.
What are the treatment options for prostate cancer?
Some prostate cancers only need to be carefully monitored, known as active surveillance. Once a prostate cancer requires treatment, there are many options available: surgery, radiation, cryotherapy and HIFU are among them, with HIFU being a good alternative to more invasive options.