Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate gland of the male reproductive system. After skin cancer, it is the second most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.
Almost every case of prostate cancer begins in the gland cells. Less than 1% of cases can be traced to cells other than the gland cells. Although it is not known why the gland cells are most likely to become cancerous, current research may shed light on this topic in order to help determine effective prevention measures.
One of the major characteristics of prostate cancer is that it grows very slowly. The cancerous cells in the prostate can remain without symptoms for decades. This is why almost 75% of men with prostate cancer never even know they have a cancerous growth.
However, this is not a license to be complacent and avoid checkups. If left untreated, these growths can eventually spread to surrounding tissues and organs (like the rectum and bladder) and progress from there to lymph nodes and bones. If this happens, prostate cancer can be lethal.
The causes of prostate cancer are not clearly known, although genetic tendancies seem to play a role. Whatever the cause, early detection makes treatment more effective. It is possible to prevent or treat this condition by learning about prostate cancer, scheduling a checkup with a urologist, and making changes in lifestyle to stay healthy.
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