Information on Prostate Cancer
If you are male and over the age of 50, you may have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. This disease occurs when cancer cells form in the tissues of the prostate, which is part of the male reproductive system. Although prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among U.S. men, most do not die from it.
In addition to increasing age, other factors that may increase your risk include:
- Family history
Treatment for prostate cancer typically involves either systemic or local therapy. Hormone therapy is an example of systemic therapy. Examples of local therapy include surgery to remove the cancer or radiation therapy.
(Click Prostate Cancer for more information on this topic, including factors that help you and your healthcare team determine the type of treatment that is most appropriate.)