Prostate Cancer: Overview

Health Monitor Staff
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Every year, more than 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the second most common type of cancer in men (after skin cancer). And roughly 2 million men in the United States who’ve had prostate cancer are still alive today.

Prostate cancer starts in the prostate, a walnut-shaped gland located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

Not all prostate cancers are alike. It usually grows slowly and initially stays confined to the prostate, but other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

May 2013