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Prostate Cancer Core Facts for 2013

Prostate cancer projected to represent nearly one-third of all male cancers, according to robotic prostate surgeon Dr. David Samadi.

The impact of prostate cancer on American men will be significant in 2013, according to the "Cancer Facts & Figures 2013" report by the American Cancer Society (ACS)  The ACS projects that nearly 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer will account for 28 percent of all male cancers this year. Despite the disease's prevalence, prostate cancer survival rates remain strong. Dr. David Samadi , Vice Chairman, Department of Urology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery, credits early diagnosis and prostate cancer treatment with successful outcomes for most men.

"Prostate cancer is a highly treatable disease when diagnosed early, but that doesn't mean it's not a dangerous cancer," says Dr. Samadi. "This report reminds us just how many lives are impacted by prostate cancer each year. Open dialog between doctors and patients about PSA testing is critical to early diagnosis. That, coupled with aggressive treatment like SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) robotic prostate surgery are vital to improving survival rates."

ACS report data indicates that almost all men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer or regional prostate cancer will survive beyond five years.

Prostate cancer impact in 2013

    240,000 new prostate cancer cases will account for just under 1/3 of all new male cancers
    Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death among men
    Prostate cancer risk factors include family history, age, African ancestry, as well as a diet high in processed meat or dairy foods and obesity
    Incidence among African American men is 70% higher than in white men
    97% of prostate cancers occur in men age 50+
    Prostate cancer has the best five-year survival rate of any other cancer reported: nearly 100% for localized prostate cancer and regional prostate cancer
    The ACS encourages informed patient decision making regarding the Annual Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and Digital rectal examination (DRE) after age 50
    Close to 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer this year

Routine PSA blood tests allow prostate cancer experts to monitor prostate-specific antigen levels, fluctuations in which can be a strong indicator of the disease's presence, according to Dr. Samadi. When followed by a DRE and prostate biopsy, early prostate cancer diagnosis opens the door to leading treatment options such as robotic prostate removal surgery and radiation therapy.

In summary, Dr. Samadi offers these take-away messages: "There are three important facts here: prostate cancer is highly common, highly detectable, and highly treatable. Men of a certain age are likely to develop the disease, but with persistent testing and the support of a qualified specialist and surgeon, recovery is very likely."

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Steve & Cindy, USA

On Jan. 26, 2011 when I had my prostate removed you told me I would soon be able to resume my normal activities. This past Sunday my wife and I completed a half marathon together. What a wonderfull experience we shared, thanks to you I am doing what I was able to do prior to my diagnosis and I am working to continue to improve.

J. L., New York, USA

“If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and need a world class professional to treat you, please call Dr. David Samadi. He is truly one of the best”!

M. H., MD, Pennsylvania, USA

"...My choice of Dr. Samadi for the robotic surgery was without any doubt the best choice giving me the best outcome for this problem".

G. C., USA

"Dr. Samadi has been there to answer any questions or concerns and everything that he told me about the procedure was true. I highly recommend him".