What is Prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the prostate grow in an uncontrolled way.

The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It makes a fluid that forms part of semen. The prostate is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Read More

Prostate cancer can press on or block the bladder or the urethra (the tube that allows urine to be released from the bladder) and cause problems with urination and sexual function. In advanced disease, the cancer can spread to other parts of the body to form secondary cancers (known as metastasis).

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Australia. Hide

  • Prostate cancer statistics

    Prostate cancer statistics

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Australia.

  • Know the risk factors

    Know the risk factors

    Some risk factors are modifiable, such as lifestyle or environmental risk factors, and others cannot be modified, such as inherited factors or whether someone in the family has had cancer.

  • Prostate cancer symptoms

    Prostate cancer symptoms

    Some of the most common symptoms of prostate cancer are problems urinating, including weak flow, a flow that stops and starts, needing to urinate urgently or frequently, difficulty starting the flow of urine, or feeling like you haven’t completely emptied your bladder.

  • How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

    How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

    A number of tests may be performed to investigate symptoms of prostate cancer and confirm a diagnosis.

  • Treatment options

    Treatment options

    Treatment and care of people with cancer is usually provided by a team of health professionals, both medical and allied health, called a multidisciplinary team.

  • Finding support

    Finding support

    You might feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious or upset if you have been diagnosed with cancer – these are all normal feelings.

  • Research & clinical trials

    Research & clinical trials

    Research is ongoing to find new ways to diagnose and treat different types of cancer.

  • Health professionals

    Health professionals

    Information and Clinical Guidelines for Health professionals.

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