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How do you work out a prognosis for prostate cancer?

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Working out a prostate cancer prognosis depends on the stage of the disease and other determining factors such as the person's age, general health, diet and response to treatment, according to the American Cancer Society. The prognosis or long-term outlook for a local and regional stage cancer that has not spread to the lymph nodes or other organs is a nearly 100 percent survival rate.

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A prognosis describes the seriousness of the cancer and the forecast of the chance of survival. The prognosis for prostate cancer is very good if discovered early. Most men are diagnosed after the age of 70 and die of other causes. Less than 1 percent of men under the age of 50 develop prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is slow to spread and is considered one of the more common and less serious forms of cancer. About one out of seven men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, second only to skin cancer, reports WebMD.

Prostate cancer treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, cryotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation and, in some cases, watchful waiting. There are no early warning signs of prostate cancer. Men over the age of 50 and those with a family history are more likely to develop prostate cancer in their lifetimes.

Treatments and survival rates are improving constantly. In the early 1990s, the prognosis was 92.9 percent survival and was 99 percent, as of 2013.

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