I read the article and the stats... From my take, the stats are for prostate cancer that is not treated...
For example, if prostate cancer started in me and I did not do anything for 5 years, I would probable still be alive.... After that time of being untreated, the chances are that it would eventually escape to other organs and kill me (if untreated).
Remember, most prostate cancers are slow growing and that is where the 100% 5 year survival stat comes into play.
Age 59 y/o - Last 3-4 years of annual general health checkups - PSA 5-6
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left 0/6 Right 1/6 Gleason 3+3 Diagnosed as T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Final pathology of Gleason 6 T2c Nx Mx, approx 20% of prostate involved, positive margin, but only at 2 focal points.
6/28/2007 9 weeks post-op incontinance... Overnite, went from 4-6 soaked pads a dayfrom prev 8 weeks to 2 barely wet pads a day.
7/12/2007 11 weeks post-op Minimal leakage... one small pad a day
7/18/2007 First Post-Op PSA... 0.01 !!!
7/30/2007 ED has improved to point of 60% erection, penetration, climax w/o "toys", but on 50mg "Viagra" (I use $2 Caverta)