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What is the chance that my prostate cancer will become metastatic prostate cancer?

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About 50% of men diagnosed with local prostate cancer will get metastatic cancer. Finding cancer early and treating it can lower that rate.

A small percentage of men aren't diagnosed with prostate cancer at all until it after it becomes metastatic. Doctors can find out if it's metastatic cancer when they take a small sample of the tissue and study the cells.

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 Louise Chang on April 22, 2019

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 Louise Chang on April 22, 2019

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