Prostate Cancer

What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate, forming a malignant tumour. Early, or localised, prostate cancer refers to cancer cells that have grown but has not spread beyond the prostate.

Prostate cancer is generally a slow growing disease and the majority of men with low grade prostate cancer live for many years without it spreading.

There are two stages of advanced prostate cancer:

  • locally advanced prostate cancer where the cancer has spread outside the prostate
  • metastatic prostate cancer where the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body

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

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