Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the United States, affecting 17 percent of men, but age plays a role in the likelihood of developing the disease. In fact, more than 65 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65. And for men 70 and older, the chance of developing prostate cancer becomes more common than any other cancer in men or women. More than 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 73. This cancer mainly develops in older women. About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. Busting 5 Myths about Prostate and Ovarian Cancer
- No symptoms means no cancer.
- The Pap test screens for ovarian cancer.
- Vasectomies cause prostate cancer.
- Oral contraceptives cause ovarian cancer.
- I’m safe because it doesn’t run in my family.