As a point of reference, my consultant told me that 1 in 5 men 40 & over have a form of prostate cancer, that most men over 60 have it and that all men over 80 have it. As you may have read elsewhere, most prostate cancer is slow growing, with a single slow growing prostate cancer cell taking over 400 days to form. So, a 1 cm lesion on a prostate could be over 40 years old. It does appear to be quite common , with Japanese researchers having found some late 20/ early 30 year olds in Japan with early formation prostate cancer. Furthermore, American research suggests that 2 in 5 men 40 & over (40%) already have prostate cancer, based on autopsies of men of that age that have died of causes other than prostate cancer. In the past, 40 or more years ago, most men were not aware they had prostate cancer and usually died of something else. In short, most men die with rather than of prostate cancer
That said, it is important if you have a higher than normal PSA reading (anything over 4 is deemed to be cause for some concern) to have your prostate checked to determine the state of play so that action can ,if necessary be taken.
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer a couple of months ago ( my journey is listed on these message boards) and at the moment I am on Active Surveillance. If my condition changes (e.g. my PSA increases), I may then decide to undergo the most appropriate treatment.
Edited by member 26 Jun 2021 at 20:42
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