Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men, only behind lung cancer. About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, with a total of 233,000 new diagnoses each year.

What is the Prostate?
The prostate (part of the reproductive system) is a small gland in men about the size of a walnut that rests below the bladder. The purpose of the prostate is to produce seminal fluid that provides nutrients for the sperm.

What is Prostate Cancer?
Cancer is the result of a mutation that causes otherwise normal cells to grow at an abnormal rate. A buildup of extra cells in the prostate can result in the formation of tumors, which may be either malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous).
Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a benign growth of prostate cells that is common in men over the age of 50. BPH can often be confused with prostate cancer. It is not cancer, and symptoms can be treated with medication or surgery. Prostate cancer is also more common in older men. Unlike BPH, malignant cancer cells can invade surrounding normal tissue and spread to distant sites through the blood or lymph nodes.
How Can the Experts at Houston Methodist Help You?
At Houston Methodist you will find the resources you need to screen for, diagnose and treat prostate cancer with the most advanced technologies, highest level of expertise and compassionate care.