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Prostate Cancer and Bone Loss


The prostate is the gland that makes seminal fluid, the milky substance that transports sperm during ejaculation (orgasm). Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the cells of the prostate but can spread throughout the body. Other than skin cancers, it is the most common cancer in American men. Overall, about one out of six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, but only one man out of 33 will die of this disease.

About 80 percent of men who reach age 80 have prostate cancer. In most men, prostate cancer grows very slowly and stays inside the prostate gland, where it does little harm. Many men with the disease will never know they have it, but aggressive forms of prostate cancer can spread quickly to other parts of the body, including bone.

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Resource:
The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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