16,665 new cases of prostate cancer are estimated to be diagnosed in Australia this year.
Prostate cancer develops when abnormal cells in the prostate gland grow more quickly than in a normal prostate, forming a malignant tumour. The prostate is a small gland that sits below the bladder near the rectum. It surrounds the urethra, which is the passage in the penis through which urine and semen pass.
Prostate cancer only occurs in males as women do not have a prostate. It is estimated that in 2018, 17,729 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst males in Australia, and the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia overall.