Prostate cancer is cancer that begins in the cells of the prostate gland, which is a walnut-shaped gland located below a man’s bladder. It is the third leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer and colorectal cancer. While it can be a serious disease, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. Treatment can be successful when caught early, and some men don’t require treatment.
Scripps Cancer Center provides a full range of services to diagnose, treat and
prevent prostate cancer.
There is only one main type of prostate cancer: adenocarcinoma. Other types, such as sarcomas and small cell and transitional cell carcinomas, are very rare. A condition known as prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) may turn into cancer, but this connection isn’t proven.