Prostate Cancer Portal

Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian men. Based on 2010 estimates, about one in eight Canadian men are expected to develop prostate cancer during his lifetime and one in 27 will die from it (via Canadian Cancer Society).

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian men; it is estimated 24,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in Canada in 2015, and 4,100 die. (Canadian Cancer Statistics 2015, Canadian Cancer Society). On average, 66 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 11 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer every day (Canadian Cancer Statistic 2015, Canadian Cancer Society). The death rate has been declining significantly by almost four per cent  per year between 2001 and 2009, likely due to early detection and improved treatment options (via Prostate Cancer Canada).

The diagnosis of prostate cancer places a heavy burden not only on the men who are diagnosed with it, but on their entire family. Two-thirds of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are likely already retired or getting ready to do so and may face a reduced income. A diagnosis of prostate cancer is a life changing event not only for the man diagnosed, but for his wife or partner and children, and will necessitate adjustments for everyone.

This section covers prostate cancer screening, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, palliative care, clinical trial information and resources, LGBTQ resources, and other helpful information relevant to prostate cancer patients, caregivers and their families.