Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate begin to grow and divide at an uncontrolled rate. The first thing you should know about a prostate cancer diagnosis is that you are not alone; it is the second most common type of cancer among men in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be roughly 248,530 new cases in the US alone this year.
Secondly, it is important to know that in most cases of prostate cancer the disease spreads slowly and remains confined to the prostate gland. Prostate cancer that is detected at this early stage may need localized treatment or no treatment, and it has an excellent survival rate. However, there are some more aggressive types of prostate cancer that can spread quickly and will need immediate treatment. This is why it is important to watch for symptoms and raise any concerns with your healthcare provider.
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