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Surprising Prostate and Breast Cancer Similarities


Celebrity health stories create teachable moments for everyone. There has been a lot of press surrounding breast cancer, while prostate cancer receives far less. Surprisingly, both diseases share many similarities.

There will be an estimated 232,000 news cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year in the US. For prostate cancer it is 233,000.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 1 out of 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the US. Prostate cancer is the number 1 cancer in men in the US.

Each cancer accounts for about 14% of all new cancers for women and men.

There is a new case diagnosed about every 2 minutes.

The average age at diagnosis is 61 for women and 66 for men.

There are even many pathologic similarities. Each has grey zone diagnoses and pre-cancerous lesions. Some even share genetic mutation similarities, such as in the BRCA gene.

Each has multiple treatment options, with surgery considered definitive for early disease.

There is effective screening for each. For women it is mammogram and physical exam. In men, the PSA blood test and physical exam are important.

Talk to your doctor about which screening methods are appropriate for you. Get screened.

Consider a second opinion if there is any doubt with your diagnosis.

Early detection and patient empowerment are critical. Be your own advocate.

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