Survival time following prostate cancer diagnosis is increasing

15 March 2011

Men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer are living longer than they did a generation ago, according to new figures released by NHS Gloucestershire.

Some 80 per cent of men diagnosed with the disease between 1999 and 2003 survived for at least five years.

This is compared to just 35 per cent who enjoyed five or more years of life after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in the mid to late '80s.

NHS Gloucestershire consultant Dr Sola Aruna said: "In the 1970s only two out of 10 men diagnosed with prostate cancer survived their disease for at least ten years. Now it is nearly seven in ten."

She added that screening was the key to the rising survival rate, as an early prostate cancer diagnosis is closely linked to improved treatment outcomes.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1 Giraud, Philippe et al. "Male pattern baldness and the risk of prostate cancer". Annals of Oncology. Tuesday, February 15th 2011.

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