Cancer of the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system, is a major health concern for American men. The disease is rare before age 50, and experts believe most elderly men have traces of it.
Prostate cancer usually grows very slowly, often causing no symptoms until it is in an advanced stage. Most men with the cancer die of other causes, and many never know they have it. But once prostate cancer begins to grow quickly or spreads, it is dangerous.
Doctors cannot say with certainty what causes prostate cancer, but experts generally agree that diet contributes to the risk.
Your age, race, and family history may contribute to your risk of developing prostate cancer.
It’s not necessarily true that prostate cancer surgery will end your sex life, or that only elderly men get prostate cancer.
Here are definitions of some medical terms you may hear during prostate cancer testing, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.