Information - Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Over 250,000 men are currently living with the disease.

Normally the growth of all cells is carefully controlled in the body. As cells die, they are replaced in an orderly fashion. Cancer can develop when cells start to grow in an uncontrolled way. If this happens in the prostate gland, prostate cancer can develop.

Prostate cancer often grows slowly and has a low risk of spreading, so it may never cause you any symptoms or problems in your lifetime. In other words, it’s often not life-threatening. Because of this, slow-growing prostate cancer might not need to be treated. You might be able to have your cancer monitored with regular check-ups instead.

But some men will have cancer that is faster growing and has a higher risk of spreading. This needs treatment to stop it spreading outside the prostate.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.

Source of information Cancer Research UK http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats/types/prostate/incidence/

Over 250,000 men are currently living with the disease.

Sources of information:

Maddams J, Brewster D, Gavin A et al. Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008. British Journal of Cancer 2009: 101(3): 541-547.

Maddams J, Utley M and Meller H. Projections of cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom, 2010-2040. British Journal of Cancer 2012: 107: 1195-1202.