Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

The prostate is a male reproductive organ that produces semen, the liquid medium in which sperm are delivered. This organ is particularly vulnerable to cancer. The National Cancer Institute predicts 240,890 new cases of prostate cancer in 2011, and despite great advances in detection and treatment, 33,720 men will die from the disease.


Prostate tumors can be very slow growing, or they can be very aggressive and deadly, but in either case, they  can be  insidious, developing to an advanced state without giving themselves away through symptoms. Regular blood tests and physical exams can help spot these cancers early, when they’re more amenable to treatment.




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Reviewers: William Dale, MD, PhD, Chief, Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, Director, Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) Clinic; Saleha Sajid, M.D. Advanced Fellow, Geriatric Oncology, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center