Fast facts about prostate cancer september is prostate cancer awareness month prostate cancer begins when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably in the prostate a walnut shaped gland in men that produces fluid that nourishes and protects sperm. Deaths from prostate cancer prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in american men behind lung cancer about 1 man in 41 will die of prostate cancer prostate cancer can be a serious disease but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it in fact more than 29 million men in the united states who have . Overview facts cancer of the prostate a gland in the male reproductive system is a major health concern for american men the disease is rare before age 50 and experts believe most elderly . This is the ninth edition of fast facts prostate cancer since 1996 testament to the rapid changes in the field and the steadily improving outlook for patients this new edition provides many key updates. The earlier prostate cancer is caught the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed for prostate cancer 782 are diagnosed at the local stage the 5 year survival for localized prostate cancer is 1000
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