Already known as one of the fastest-growing types of cancer, fresh research shows prostate cancer rates could rise even faster than expected. The disease is already the most common form of male cancer in over 100 countries, and diagnosis rates are expected to double by 2040. 

Why Are More Men Getting Prostate Cancer?

The research, part of a massive study by the Lancet, attributes several factors to the rise over the next few decades, including age. As life expectancies rise worldwide, male populations are growing and living longer. The aggregated results are alarming:

  • Prostate cancer diagnoses are expected to double to 2.9 million per year in 2040. 
  • Annual global deaths are expected to rise by 85% over the same period. 

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Age is the primary risk factor for prostate cancer. Other factors, like family history and race, are equally unavoidable. Still, researchers note that there are ways to reduce the mortality rate of the disease, even if many diagnoses are based on fixed variables. And that’s important – prostate cancer is already the most common cancer affecting men in more than 100 countries, a total that is expected to rise along with population size and age. 

Improved diagnoses – While substantial investment is necessary, new and more accurate prostate testing could diagnose cases early and improve treatment outcomes. 

Awareness – A better understanding of common prostate cancer symptoms will help men and their families seek testing and treatment sooner. 

The most common symptoms of prostate cancer include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Urgent urination
  • Feeling incomplete emptying of the bladder after urinating

Other symptoms may include back pain, fatigue, or unintended weight loss in cases where cancer may have already spread. 

Can Prostate Cancer Be Prevented?

Its primary causes may be unavoidable; lifestyle changes can help men reduce the risk of prostate cancer and other forms of disease. Men with excess body weight have a higher risk of prostate cancer and increased morbidity. Other studies indicate that diets high in dairy and calcium may also elevate the risk, though not all medical experts agree. 

To lower the risk of prostate cancer, focus on the following lifestyle choices:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Be physically active. 
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. 

Cancer Prevention Is Possible

Prostate cancer is a massive challenge for public health officials and the millions of physicians trying to keep male patients healthy. Less Cancer is committed to raising awareness, delivering educational programming, and expanding healthcare access to stem the rising tide of prostate diagnoses. You can help; consider donating to our cause today.