"When I was diagnosed, I didn't know what to do. If it hadn't been for the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, I would have been hanging out there by myself. I thank God for them." The Honorable Fred Allen, State Representative, Survivor
Cancer begins in cells, the building blocks that make up tissues. Tissues make up the organs of the body.
Normal cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When normal cells grow old or get damaged, they die, and new cells take their place.
Sometimes, this process goes wrong. New cells form when the body doesn't need them, and old or damaged cells don't die as they should. The buildup of extra cells often forms a mass of tissue called a growth or tumor.
Prostate growths can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Benign growths are not as harmful as malignant growths.
Benign growths (such as BPH):
A man with prostate cancer may not have any symptoms. For men who do have symptoms, the common symptoms include:
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