Get the Facts: Prostate and Gynecologic Cancer
Focused on Health - September 2008
More than 186,000 new prostate cancer cases are expected to occur in the United States this year. (American Cancer Society)
Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate grow uncontrollably, damaging surrounding tissue and interfering with the normal function of the prostate. The prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system, is located just below the bladder.
More than 70,000 new gynecologic cancer cases are expected to occur in the United States this year. (American Cancer Society)
Gynecologic cancers occur in the uterus, cervix, ovary, vulva and vagina. The most common gynecologic cancers are cervical, endometrial and ovarian. Cervical and endometrial cancers develop in the lining of the cervix and uterus respectively. Ovarian cancer can develop on the external surface of the ovary or inside the ovary itself.