Since November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (as well as the month that dudes everywhere grow crazy moustaches in support of men’s health), it’s probably a good time to get a physical exam by your doctor and to dispel some myths about the deadly disease.
The American Cancer Society says prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. The projections by the society for 2015 are almost 221,000 new cases in the U.S., with more than 27,500 deaths expected (second to lung cancer). However, while the disease is prevalent, there is a lot of misinformation about prostate cancer, so here are six myths put to rest…
1. Only Older Men get the Disease
The Prostate Cancer Foundation based in California said that the risk of getting prostate cancer does increase with age (65-percent of cases are diagnosed in men aged 65 and older), however that doesn’t mean you’re not at risk as a younger male.
The remaining 35-percent can get this disease in their 40’s or 50’s, and the foundation notes that the chance of getting prostate cancer dramatically jumps at the 40-year milestone to 1 in 38 men. That’s in stark contrast to those under 40, who have a 1 in 10,000 chance of getting it.