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The Battle Against Prostate Cancer: A Brief History

Centuries of prostate cancer research have taken us from radium implants to robotic surgery. In honor of #Movember, here's how it all happened

Nov 05, 2015 at 10:17 AM ET

Movember (formerly known as November) is men’s health awareness month. The festivities revolve around all aspects of men’s health, from physical fitness to mental health, but there’s always a special focus on prostate cancer.

More than two million men in the United States are survivors of prostate cancer, a disease that now affects one in seven men in the country. Since the early 1900s, prostate cancer research has taken us from pioneering surgical procedures to still-evolving hormone and radiation therapies. Prostate cancer, once a dreaded disease, now boasts an impressive five-year survival rate of 99 percent. Here’s a brief history of the battle against prostate cancer: