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What is Prostate Cancer?

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate gland produces fluid that makes up part of the semen. Approximately 500 patients in Worcestershire are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. With greater awareness, early detection is on the rise.

About prostate cancer

One of the most common treatments for prostate cancer involves the surgical removal of the prostate gland, known as radical prostatectomy. Traditional radical prostatectomy requires an 8-10 inch incision. Open surgery commonly results in substantial blood loss, a lengthy uncomfortable recovery and the risk of impotence and incontinence.