Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra (tube that empties urine from the bladder). The prostate gland produces fluid that is one of the components of semen.

Prostate Cancer Facts & Stats1

  • Prostate cancer is most common in men ages 65 and older
  • It is possible for younger men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • Most men with prostate cancer will die of something other than prostate cancer
  • By age 80, more than half of all men have some cancer in their prostate
  • African-American men tend to be diagnosed at younger ages and with faster-growing prostate cancer
  • Prostate cancer is most often found in its early stages

When prostate cancer is found early, there are typically many treatment and surgical options available to patients. That's why it is important for men to get regular exams and talk to their doctors about any unusual symptoms.

When facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer, it is important to learn about all treatments and surgical options.

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  1. National Cancer Institute, Facts About Prostate Cancer. Available from:

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