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Is it normal for 60-year-olds to have some cancer cells in their prostates?

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Dr. Phillip Porch
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In brief: No

While the percent of men with prostate cancer increases with age, it is not normal to have cancer cells at age 60.
The chart below shows the percent of men with prostate cancer vs age. 20 to 30 years, 2% to 8% 31 to 40 years: 9% to 31% 41 to 50 years: 3% to 43% 51 to 60 years: 5% to 46% 61 to 70 years: 14% to 70% 71 to 80 years: 31% to 83% 81 to 90 years: 40% to 73.

In brief: No

While the percent of men with prostate cancer increases with age, it is not normal to have cancer cells at age 60.
The chart below shows the percent of men with prostate cancer vs age. 20 to 30 years, 2% to 8% 31 to 40 years: 9% to 31% 41 to 50 years: 3% to 43% 51 to 60 years: 5% to 46% 61 to 70 years: 14% to 70% 71 to 80 years: 31% to 83% 81 to 90 years: 40% to 73.
Dr. Phillip Porch
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In brief: Yes

Autopsy statistics say that 30% of 60 yo have cancer but the question is "is this significant" ? Many cancers may be insignificant depending on psa level, aggressiveness of cells, patient's general health, etc.
Very complicated.

In brief: Yes

Autopsy statistics say that 30% of 60 yo have cancer but the question is "is this significant" ? Many cancers may be insignificant depending on psa level, aggressiveness of cells, patient's general health, etc.
Very complicated.
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