Learn about the basics of prostate cancer, including risk factors, signs and symptoms, screening, and an overview of treatment options.
Learn about the basics of prostate cancer, including risk factors, signs and symptoms, screening, and an overview of treatment options.
Learn about the tests commonly used to diagnose and stage prostate cancer.
Learn about the tests commonly used to diagnose and stage prostate cancer.
Let us know about how the information you learn from this website will better serve your healthcare needs
Let us know about how the information you learn from this website will better serve your healthcare needs

Welcome to You and Prostate Cancer
An Animated Patient’s Guide to Prostate Cancer

This resource provides expert advice about prostate cancer to help you discuss key issues with your healthcare provider. Learn the facts about risk factors, signs and symptoms, screening and diagnosis through easy-to-understand animation and slide resources. You are invited to provide feedback to help direct future content as this site becomes part of your personal information resource on prostate cancer. We welcome you to this online community resource to improve your quality of life and health outcomes.

We hope this site will be useful to you, but it is not a substitute for the medical advice of your doctor. If you have questions or feedback, please let us know. By using this site you agree to the terms of use.

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What is the prostate?

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder that is part of a man’s reproductive system. The prostate sits on top of the rectum. The urethra - which allows urine flow - runs through the prostate.
What is prostate cancer?

What is prostate cancer?

The prostate can develop cancer and other diseases that only occur in men. Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate grow out of control. Though rare, prostate cancer can spread from the prostate to other parts of the body over time.
When should I get screened for prostate cancer?

When should I get screened for prostate cancer?

Ask your doctor when and how often to be screened. The American Cancer Association recommends starting at age 50, but some men need to start in their 40s. You may not need it if you are over 75 - but talk to your doctor.

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This educational activity has been developed by Men's Health Network and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Ferring, Janssen Biotech, Pfizer, and Sanofi Genzyme.

This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their healthcare professionals for optimal outcomes.