At Group Health Medical Centers, we’ve helped thousands of prostate cancer patients continue to live active lives. Our multidisciplinary teams set a high standard for compassionate care — with medical expertise, shared decision making, advanced technology, and the latest cancer research.
Prostate cancer happens when abnormal cells grow in the tissue of a man’s prostate gland. The prostate gland, located next to the bladder and urinary track, makes the fluid that nourishes and protects sperm. Other non-cancer conditions, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can have the same symptoms as prostate cancer.
Many men over age 65 have some cancer cells in the prostate. However, prostate cancer usually is slow to grow or spread. While prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers for men, in most cases it is not a life-threatening condition.