According to statistics from the American Cancer Society,
- The prostate is a gland found only in males.
- The size of the prostate changes with age. The prostate usually stays about the same size or grows slowly in adults, as long as male hormones are present. In younger men, it is about the size of a walnut, but it can be much larger in older men.
- The inner part of the prostate (around the urethra) often keeps growing as men get older, which can lead to a common condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In BPH, the prostate tissue can press on the urethra, leading to problems passing urine. BPH is not cancer, and does not develop into cancer.
- Each year, there are over 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer, and one in seven men will be diagnosed.
- About six in ten cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in men 65 and older.
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the experienced urologists and surgeons at Jefferson Hospitals’ Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Center and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center can carefully guide you through the available treatment options to address all your medical, emotional and spiritual needs. Jefferson offers a full array of treatments from chemo and vaccine therapy to laparoscopic prostatectomy.