The prostate is a human gland. A gland is an organ in the human’s body that synthesizes a substance for releases such as hormones, into the bloodstream (endocrine gland) or into cavities inside the body or its outer surface (exocrine gland).
The prostate gland is part of the reproductive system in human males. The prostate is a firm gland, the size of a walnut, which wraps around the neck of the bladder and the urethra (the tube that delivers urine from the bladder). The prostate gland secretes much of the liquid portion of semen.
Prostate cancer is a serious disease in which cancer cells form and grow in this gland. Prostate cancer can be very aggressive, which means it grows quickly and spreads to other parts of the body.
Or, more commonly, it may be slow growing and stay in the prostate, causing few if any problems. It has been showm that 3 out of 4 patients with prostate cancer are of the slow-growing types.
Prostate cancer is the leading cancer diagnosis in males and the 2nd main cause of cancer-related death in men in the US. More than 100,000 cases are diagnosed yearly, and nearly 30,000 males die from prostate cancer each year.
Since the early 1990s, new screening tests and improved prostate cancer treatments have been associated with dramatic shifts in the incidence, prostate cancer stage at diagnosis, and mortality of this disease.
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Major advances in research have provided new insights into prostate cancer. These developments promise to transform our understanding of this disease and will likely lead to new and better prostate cancer prevention, prostate cancer treatment and prostate cancer cure in the foreseeable future.