Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society estimates that one in every six men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, about 238,590 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013. Prostate cancer is very manageable and often curable. More than 98 percent of men with prostate cancer will live more than five years after diagnosis.
Because surgery and radiation can both be equally effective curative treatments for prostate cancer, it is important to review all of your treatment options. Ask your urologist about surgery and your radiation oncologist about radiation therapy. Learn about the risks and benefits of both to see what best meets your goals balancing cure and quality of life.