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What is prostate cancer?

In general, cancer is a condition in which a normal cell becomes abnormal and starts to grow uncontrollably without having the signals or “brakes” that stop typical cell growth. Prostate cancer starts in the prostate, a small gland located below the bladder that is responsible for secreting one of the components of semen. Prostate cancer cells form masses of abnormal cells known as tumors.

Prostate cancer, therefore, is when a normal prostate cell becomes altered and starts growing in an uncontrolled way.

In many cases, prostate cancer is relatively slow- growing, which means that it takes a number of years to become large enough to be detectable, and even longer to spread outside the prostate, or metastasize. However, some cases are more aggressive and need more urgent treatment.

Continue reading to learn more about prostate cancer.

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