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How are the survival rates for prostate cancer determined?

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Thinking about survival rates for prostate cancer takes a little mental stretching. Keep in mind that most men are around 70 when diagnosed with prostate cancer. Over, say, five years, many of these men will die from other medical problems unrelated to prostate cancer.

To determine the prostate cancer survival rate, these men are subtracted out of the calculations. Counting only the men who are left provides what's called the relative survival rate for prostate cancer.

Taking that into consideration, the relative survival rates for most kinds of prostate cancer are actually pretty good.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer Survival Rates."

National Cancer Institute.

Haas, G. 2007; vol 99: pp 1484-1487. Journal of the National Cancer Institute,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 20, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer Survival Rates."

National Cancer Institute.

Haas, G. 2007; vol 99: pp 1484-1487. Journal of the National Cancer Institute,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 20, 2017

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