Concerning the Prostate & Prostate Cancer
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What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer other than skin cancer in American men. The Cancer Facts & Figures for 2000 put out by the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 16,400 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in California with about 2,900 dying from the disease.
Prostate cancer originates in the prostate, which is one of the male sex glands. The prostate is about the size of a walnut and lies just below the urinary bladder and surrounds the upper part of the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine form the bladder and semen from the sex glands out of the penis.
Anatomy of the Prostate
The prostate is a gland, about the size of a walnut, located under the bladder and surrounding the upper part of the urethra. The urethra is a tube that carries urine and semen through the penis to the outside of the body. The prostate gland is found only in men. It produces semen, the liquid that carries the sperm when a man ejaculates.
- Hormone Therapy
- External Beam Radiation
- Radical Prostatectomy
- Active Surveillance Strategy