Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in this
country. Only skin cancer is more common. Out of every three men who are
diagnosed with cancer each year, one is diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Scientists are studying prostate cancer to find out more about its causes.
And they are looking for better ways to treat it.
Prostate cancer can grow very slowly. In some men, it can grow so slowly they may never need treatment. But doctors still want to keep an eye on the cancer so they can take action if it gets worse. This approach is known as active surveillance or watchful waiting.
Your doctor may have suggested these options instead of other treatment for a few reasons:
Other health conditions you have, such as heart disease, diabetes, or long-lasting high blood pressure
Risks and side effects...
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