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Robotic Prostatectomy Expert Dr. David Samadi Talks About Big Strides in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer - Mortality Rate Declines 45%
Date:11/2/2010

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), compared to men in 1999, American men in 2006 that were fighting prostate cancer were 45% less likely to die from the disease. "There is no specific reason for this decline, but I believe early detection and prostate cancer treatment education and awareness are probably major factors," said Dr. David Samadi, a robotic surgery expert, as well as the new Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

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While the death rate is steadily declining, prostate cancer is still the second leading killer in American men, and the outlook is still very grim. Roughly one out of six American men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Countering the death rate decline is the number of new cases being diagnosed each year. In 2010, more than 218,000 new prostate cancer cases will be diagnosed, and over 32,000 will die from the disease.

The following results were seen in 100,000 males during the AHRQ study period:

  • American men died from prostate cancer declined from 23.5 deaths to 13 deaths per 100,000 males during the period.
  • African-American men were more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer -- 69 to 50.5 deaths and 2
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