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What is prostate cancer?

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The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It makes most of the semen that carries sperm. The walnut-sized gland is located beneath the bladder and surrounds the upper part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder.

Prostate cancer is a major health concern for American men. The disease is less common before age 50, and experts believe that most elderly men have traces of it.

SOURCES: 

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

National Library of Medicine. 

National Prostate Cancer Coalition. 

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

SOURCES: 

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

National Library of Medicine. 

National Prostate Cancer Coalition. 

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 30, 2017

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