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Urologic Conditions:

Prostate Cancer

The prostate gland is the part of the male reproductive system that makes fluid for semen. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in the prostate gland. Worldwide, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men behind lung cancer.1 Removal of the prostate gland is called a prostatectomy. For details on common types of surgery for prostate cancer, see the “Surgical Options” section that follows.

In its early stages, prostate cancer may not cause any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Inability to urinate
  • Trouble starting or stopping urination
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Blood in urine or semen

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  1. World Health Organization; Data source, Globoan 2012: http://globocan.iarc.fr/old/FactSheets/cancers/prostate-new.asp

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