The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is a disease which develops from the tissues of the prostate, a gland located below the bladder and in front of the rectum.
In most cases, prostate cancer is slow-growing and is confined to the prostate gland. It typically takes a number of years to become large enough to detect, and even longer to spread beyond the prostate. However, there are some aggressive forms of prostate cancer that can spread quickly.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in Singapore. During a period of five years, from 2014-2018, 5368 cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in Singapore.
Prostate cancer usually occurs in men over the age of 50 and is mostly seen in those over the age of 70.
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