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Why is the impact of Prostate Cancer important to Albertans?

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in Alberta.1 About 2,355 men were diagnosed in 2012.2

  • Because prostate cancer rates and survival rates are high, there are about 25,000 men alive in Alberta who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some time in the past.
  • The risk of getting prostate cancer starts to rise at about age 40 and rises quickly until it peaks at about age 65. The risk for older men decreases slightly.
  • Between 1992 and 2012, the rate of new prostate cancer cases diagnosed every year stayed about the same. The rate of dying from prostate cancer went down by about 2.6% a year.

What can I do?

Experts in Alberta agree that we can prevent about 3 out of 100 cases of prostate cancer.2 Here’s how:

Not being active enough is linked to about 3% of new cases.

To prevent cancer, the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research recommend being active3 (e.g. brisk walking) for at least 30 minutes each day and limiting sedentary habits like watching television.

The Canadian Cancer Society suggests other risk factors that men might be able to control, although there’s not a lot of scientific proof yet.

Research is being done into learning if any of the following increase the risk of prostate cancer:

  • a diet high in either fat and dairy products or red and processed meats
  • being overweight or obese
  • being exposed to pesticides
  • being exposed to cadmium or chemicals used to manufacture rubber

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More information on prostate cancer symptoms, diagnosis and treatment at MyHealth Alberta.

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