Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer that affects men. In the USA over 30,000 men die of it every year. In the UK prostate cancer overtook lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed tumor in 2002. With these statistics it is important that men get treatment for this disease. Here is a list of famous people who have had prostate cancer, many of whom are still alive
Famous people diagnosed with prostate cancer
Harry Belafonte Singer and actor
Bob Dole World Former Republican senator from Kansas
Robert De Niro Actor director
Emperor Akihito of Japan
Louis Farrakhan Civil right activist, leader of the Nation of Islam
Rudy Giuliani Former New York City mayor
Charlton Heston Actor
John Kerry Vietnam veteran, Democratic senator of Massachusetts
Nelson Mandela South African Former President, Anti-apartheid activist, Lawyer
Francois Mitterand Former President of France
Roger Moore Actor
Arnold Palmer Golfer
Colin Powell Retired Secretary of State, Army general
Norman Schwarzkopf Retired Army general
Joe Torre New York Yankees manager
Frank Zappa Singer writer
Risk Factors Prostate Cancer
Age is the number one risk factor. Although prostate cancer can occur in men as young as 40 to 50 years old, about 70 per cent of all those diagnosed with prostate cancer are over the age of 65 years. Those fortunate to live into their 80s will find that four out of five men will have some kind of cancerous prostate condition.
Certain racial and ethnic groups are at more risk than others. African American men have a higher death rate than any other racial or ethnic group. (In rural Africa prostate cancer is apparently rare.)
Overall survival rates for prostate cancer have increased from 67 per cent to 97 per cent in the past 20 years. However according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) decreases in prostate cancer deaths for whites, Asian and Pacific Islanders were twice as great as they were for African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives and Hispanics.
Genetic Links of prostate Cancer
Research on the likelihood of prostate cancer to run in families is ongoing. It has been suggested that if your father or brother has had prostate cancer you are twice as likely to develop it; in other studies no link has been found. Prostate screening may therefore be more important for men with an apparant genetic predisposition.