The Realities of Prostate Cancer Recurrence

“PROSTATE CANCER IS THE most common cancer found in men. However, when it’s caught and treated early, the cure rate is high. After treatment, most men will be able to live cancer free for years, if not for the rest of their lives. In fact, the 5-year survival rate for men with localized prostate cancer is nearly 100 percent. That said, it’s still possible to have a recurrence of the cancer, and between 5 to 40 percent of men will experience this. Cancer recurrence is the return of cancer after a period when no cancer cells are detected in the body. Not all recurrences are the same, and not all will require active treatment. Because the risk is present, it’s important to be aware of the possibility and know what you can do to lower your risk, plus be knowledgeable about how to proceed in the event it does recur.”

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