What is Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer starts with uncontrolled cell growth in the cells that make up the prostate gland. Prostate cancer can be localized (cancer that has not spread outside the prostate) or metastatic (cancer that has spread from the prostate into other areas such as lymph nodes or bones). Some prostate cancer growth is caused by hormones called androgens (including testosterone). If reducing hormone levels stops the cancer growth, the cancer is classified as castrate-sensitive. Prostate cancer that continues to grow even after reducing hormone levels is called castrate-resistant. Prostate cancer usually grows slowly and can be detected early. Not all prostate cancer needs to be treated. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted drug therapy and immunotherapy.1
How common is Prostate Cancer
The American Cancer Society estimates approximately 288,300 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2023. It is the most common cancer in men in the United States, with the exception of skin cancers. About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.2,3
There are many organizations that support research and advocacy for prostate cancer. See below for a few of those organizations.
Prostate Cancer Organizations
Questions regarding your prostate cancer therapy
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