What is a Malignant Tumor in Prostate Cancer?

Peter Black, BSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Urologist, discusses prostate cancer.

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Peter Black, BSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Urologist, discusses prostate cancer.
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Featuring Dr. Peter Black, BSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Duration: 1 minute

Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor that forms in the prostate gland. The prostate gland sits below the bladder. The urethra, which drains the bladder of urine, goes right through the middle of the prostate.

The gland itself is important for making semen, contributes to semen. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in man Overall, a man's lifetime risk in Canada of getting prostate cancer is one in six. And, of those men that get it, the chance of dying from prostate cancer is also one in six.

It becomes more common the older a man becomes. If you really looked for it carefully and did biopsies in all men at the age of 80, you'd probably find about half of them have prostate cancer.

Only a very small percentage of those men will actually die from prostate cancer, however, because it tends to be a fairly slow-growing disease at that age.

Presenter: Dr. Peter Black, Urologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Urologist

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