What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer refers to cancer that starts in the prostate. Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in American men.
- Nearly all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas, meaning they develop from the gland cells.
- Prostate cancer tends to grow slowly. Most men with prostate cancer will die of causes other than prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer in North Carolina
Prostate cancer was the second leading cause of cancer deaths in North Carolina men in 2021 (1,033 deaths) and is the most common cancer in men.
It is estimated that 8,577 males in North Carolina will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1,162 males will die from prostate cancer in 2023.
Because there is no known cause for prostate cancer, it is difficult to determine how to prevent it. But you can reduce your risk of prostate cancer by having a healthy lifestyle.
Tips to Reduce Your Risk
- Be physically active. Strive to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days week and strength training at least twice a week.
- Eat healthy. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Drink more water and fewer sugar-sweetened beverages. Create meal plans to cook at home.
- Don’t drink alcohol or limit your alcohol intake. No more than one drink per day for women, two drinks per day for men.
- Know your family health history, including cancer illnesses and deaths.
- Quit tobacco and vaping use. Quitting takes practice! Coaching and medications can triple your chances of quitting for good.
- Call 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669) for help.
- Or visit www.QuitlineNC.com.