Contributed by Dr. Cordell Nwokeji (Pronounced “Wo-Kage”)
Everyone dreads hearing the C word. Just the idea of cancer is spooky. Although no one wants to have cancer, for many cancers—like prostate cancer—there are a multitude of options for those diagnosed. Learn more about prostate cancer stats to take the ownership of the C word and make cancer less like a scary Halloween night.
Prostate cancer has a 99 percent survival rate after 5 years and 98 percent after 10 years. That means a decade after diagnosis, most men are still living. Almost 13 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes (second only to skin cancer), which means one in seven will experience this genetic disease. Although this statistic is certainly less scary than some may have expected, part of this statistic relies on doctor’s ability to catch prostate cancer in the early stages, which gives men a higher chance of successfully treating or monitoring their condition.
The prevalence of prostate cancer has contributed to continued research and developments. With prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing and digital rectal exams becoming more common, 90 percent of men are diagnosed in the earliest stage with the smallest tumors and the highest likelihood of successful treatment. As with most diseases, early detection provides a larger number of treatment options that are more likely to successfully eradicate the disease.
Still spooked by prostate cancer? There are a few simple lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
- Consume more cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, and brussels sprouts.
- Maintain a healthy exercise routine.
- Reduce sugar and high fructose corn syrup intake.
- Cook meats cautiously to avoid introducing carcinogens.
Don’t get stuck in the doom and gloom mind-set. Prostate cancer is a treatable condition that many men endure for decades without experiencing serious side effects. The statistics for survival and contentment are high. When men take control of their lives by focusing on what they can do (eat healthy, cook carefully, and exercise consistently) rather than what they cannot do (alter genetics and shift diagnosis), they are more likely to face prostate cancer head-on—and win
About the Author
Dr. Nwokeji specializes in general urology with an emphasis in minimally invasive prostate cancer therapy such as high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and cryoablation therapy.
Dr. Nwokeji was the first physician in Texas to be credentialed in the HIFU procedure having trained in 2007. He was also one of three urologists who gave a testimonial to the FDA panel about his experience with Sonablate HIFU prior to approval. Dr. Nwokeji has been involved with more than 200 HIFU patients and is currently one of a few urologist trained to offer the procedure in Texas. Outside of prostate cancer, Dr. Nwokeji also manages kidney stones, prostate disease, female voiding dysfunction and oncology.