Prostate cancer is the transformation of normal glandular cells to malignant cells that multiply and spread to other areas of the body. It is the most common form of cancer in men. It is found in 8% of men in their 20s and 80% of men over 80.
African-American men, more than any other racial or ethnic group, are at greater risk for prostate cancer. Some studies have indicated that men who have high-fat diets and/or are obese are also at greater risk.
How serious is it? There are 226 prostate cancer deaths for every 100,000 men,so a man has only a 0.2% chance of dying from the disease. Most men die with the disease, not of the disease.