Prostate Cancer

  • David C. Smith
  • Donald L. Trump


Cancer is a significant problem in an elderly population. Among males no cancer is more prevalent than prostate cancer. In 1995 prostate cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States with an estimated 240,000 new cases.1 Prostate cancer was second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in men in 1995, with an estimated 40,400 deaths. Cancer is second only to heart disease as a cause of death in adults, and prostate cancer accounts for one fifth of the cancer deaths in men over the age of 75. One of every eight men in the 60- to 79-year age group will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, as compared with one in 15 women of the same age who will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Although many patients with prostate cancer do not die as a consequence of their malignancy, a significant number require treatment of symptoms associated with the disease such as pain, bleeding, and urinary obstruction. Thus, prostate cancer is a major cause of mortality, morbidity, and health care expenditure in the elderly male population.


Prostate Cancer Radical Prostatectomy External Beam Radiotherapy Prostatic Carcinoma Spinal Cord Compression 


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