Prostate cancer is a disease which only affects men. Cancer begins to grow in the prostate – a gland in the male reproductive system. The word “prostate” comes from Medieval Latin prostate and Medieval French prostate. The ancient Greek word prostates means “one standing in front”, from proistanai meaning “set before”. The prostate is so called because of its position – it is at the base of the bladder.
Fast facts on prostate cancer
Here are some key points about prostate cancer. Across the UK
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
- Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s 130 men every day.
- Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 10,800 men every year.
- 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- Over 330,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.
- More than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
- More than 850 men die from prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
- Every da
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