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“Prostate Cancer: A 2013 Update”

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men after skin cancer and it is estimated that one in every six men will be diagnosed with it.  In 2013, about 239,000 American men are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer but far less (about 30,000) will die of it.  Prostate removal costs about $13,000, and may lead to impotence or incontinence.  Fortunately, Medicare currently covers a yearly PSA test for men over 50 who qualify.  In general, between 25 and 35 percent of men aged between 30 and 49 years of age will have cancer observable in their prostate at autopsy if they die for some other reason.  Some 30 percent of all men in their 50s will also have cancer observable in their prostate at autopsy and as many as 70 percent of all men in their 80s will have cancer in their prostate at autopsy.

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