Prostate Cancer


What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men. Prostate cancer starts in the cells of the prostate gland and usually consists of several primary tumours. If untreated, prostate cancer cells may continue to grow and can spread to other parts of the body and produce secondary tumours (metastases). Prostate cancer usually grows slowly and can often be cured or managed successfully. There is no single cause of prostate cancer, but some factors appear to increase the risk of developing it, such as family history and a high fat diet. In addition, the risk of prostate cancer increases as men grow older.