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How long does it take for prostate cancer to become metastatic?

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On average, 8 years pass from the time a man is first diagnosed with prostate cancer to the discovery that it has become metastatic. If you've had prostate cancer, work with your doctor to check your risk and set a schedule for routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) checks.

SOURCES:

CancerCare: "Living With Metastatic Prostate Cancer," "Caring for Your Bones When You Have Prostate Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Metastatic Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "What is advanced cancer?" "What is metastatic cancer?" "Can advanced or metastatic cancer be prevented?" "What's New on Prostate Cancer Research? Topics," "Prostate cancer that remains or recurs after treatment."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 9, 2017

SOURCES:

CancerCare: "Living With Metastatic Prostate Cancer," "Caring for Your Bones When You Have Prostate Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Metastatic Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "What is advanced cancer?" "What is metastatic cancer?" "Can advanced or metastatic cancer be prevented?" "What's New on Prostate Cancer Research? Topics," "Prostate cancer that remains or recurs after treatment."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 9, 2017

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