Chapter 1 – Introduction to Mt. Sinai Robotic Prostatectomy Program, Prostate Cancer Facts, Statistics and Demographics

Dr. David B. Samadi, Chief of Division of Robotics and Minimal Invasive Surgery for Mount Sinai School of Medicine, discusses 2008 prostate cancer statistics and the aging of the population of prostate cancer patients. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in men. There is a one in six probability of getting diagnosed with the disease. Men are living longer due to better health care and fitness so the number of cases is growing as a result. He also discusses the causes of prostate cancer, including racial, environmental, dietary and genetic factors, and the breakdown of patients by race and ethnicity.

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