In 2019, approximately 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and approximately 31,620 deaths will result. The average age at the time of a prostate cancer diagnosis is about 66. It occurs primarily in older men and in African-American men. A diagnosis is rare before age 40.
Even though prostate cancer is a serious disease, most men do not die from it. More than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer live with this cancer with proper treatment. It is one of the leading causes of cancer death, however, among men.
Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common prostate problem in men older than age 50. Chronic prostatitis symptoms cause long-lasting pain and discomfort. Many men suffer from prostate problems, other than cancer, and seeking a definitive diagnosis and treatment may be difficult.
Attorneys, physicians, insurers, employers, risk managers, and other potential parties to litigation need to understand the types of litigation issues that may arise in connection with injuries related to prostate cancer or other prostate problems.