According to Cancer Research UK, a cancer research and awareness charity in the United Kingdom, it is only a matter of years before the number of reported prostate cancer cases trebles.
More precisely, the specialists working with this organization believe that, courtesy of several scientific breakthroughs and of men's getting to live to an older age, the boys born in the year 2015 will be three times more likely than their forefathers to be diagnosed with this medical condition.
Thus, the lifetime risk of prostate cancer will up from just 5% in 1990, to 14% in 2015.
Still, the good news is that, despite this increase in the number of reported prostate cancer cases, the men who end up being diagnosed with this medical condition are more likely to pull through than they were only 20 years ago.
The researchers who looked into this issue explain that, according to their estimates, the number of deaths that can be attributed to prostate cancer has decreased over the past two decades.
Thus, at least as far as men living in the United Kingdom are concerned, it looks like their death rates from prostate cancer have decreased by roughly 18% within said timeframe.
This basically means that, while an individual's risk of being diagnosed with this type of cancer will treble in the not so distant future, his chances of surviving the experience are considerably higher.
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says that what must be held accountable for this increase in survival rates is that, primarily due to the Prostate Specific Antigen Test, early diagnosis is no longer an issue.
Because this test is quite capable of pinning down a rather wide variety of prostate cancers, those suffering with this medical condition can receive the treatment they need before the disease progresses to such an extent that not much is left to be done.