What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is cancer that begins in tissues of the prostate gland. Located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum, the prostate is the male sex gland responsible for the production of semen. Fortunately, prostate cancer is one of the most treatable malignancies if it's caught early.
Routine screening has improved the diagnosis of prostate cancer in recent years and more men are being diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. Prostate cancer often grows slowly, making active surveillance a treatment option for men. In addition, new and innovative technology helps to minimize the side effects of prostate cancer treatment, including incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
Prostate cancer incidence
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, after skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2013. Nearly one in six men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. However, it is rare before age 40.