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While it is estimated that nearly one in every six men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime, only about 3 of 100 men will ultimately die from the disease. This is because the disease is typically very slow growing and non-aggressive. Getting checked once a year will keep you way ahead of the curve and allow your doctor to suggest strategies to keep you alive and healthy for the long run.

Men's Journal contributing editor Dr. Robert M. Mordkin, MD, FACS, is the Chief of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.