Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among American men, second only to skin cancer. In the United States, more than 2 million men are survivors of prostate cancer and more than 233,000 men are diagnosed with the disease each year.
The prostate is a walnut-sized organ in men that supports the production of semen. It is located just below the bladder, in front of the rectum.
Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate grow abnormally, multiplying without control and forming a tumor in the prostate gland. In most men diagnosed with prostate cancer, the tumor is confined within the prostate, and has not spread to other parts of the body. There are many different types of treatment options available based on whether the cancer is confined to the prostate or if it has spread beyond the prostate. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is important to learn as much as possible about your diagnosis and to talk to your doctor about finding the treatment option that is right for you.