First, it’s helpful to know a little about the prostate. Your prostate is a walnut-sized gland that produces a fluid that protects your sperm. Located between your bladder and your rectum, the prostate wraps around your urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder and out through your penis.
Prostate cancer occurs when cancer cells begin to grow in the prostate tissue. If those cells travel out of the prostate to distant parts of the body, it is called metastatic prostate cancer.
Who Gets Prostate Cancer?
Only men can get prostate cancer, because women do not have prostates.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men: One in every seven men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis at some point during his life. But it’s important to remember that most men who get it will not die of it. Today more than three million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer.