Narrator: At what age does prostate cancer normally appear?
Sheldon Marks, MD: Most men are diagnosed with prostate cancer late in life, meaning 60, 70s, 80s, now even 90s.There are certain types of cancer in the prostate that can actually start in men in their 40s and 50s, and because of that, that's why we like to be evaluated earlyand be sure we're not missing those. Those are the ones where we can impact on a man's quality of life and life span with early diagnosis and early intervention.
Narrator: Is prostate cancer a terrible diagnosis these days?
Sheldon Marks, MD: Rarely. Most men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer but they'll live a normal life and die of something else, with the cancer either present and asymptomatic, or not even present at all.