The prostate gland is situated beneath the bladder in men and is involved in the production of fluid which makes up the semen.
Prostate cancer is the commonest form of cancer in men in th UK, with over 30,000 new cases being diagnosed a year. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer in the UK, causing in excess of 10,000 deaths a year.
In the early stages there are rarely symptoms but as the cancer grows and spreads there may be problems with urination and pain.
The quandary with prostate cancer is knowing which cancers are life threatening and which are not.
This can only be answered by inspection of a piece of prostate tissue, obtained from a biopsy of the prostate, under the microscope.