It’s hard to focus when you’re reading about cancer, which is why you should begin with this overview. In less than half an hour it will give you a general idea of what the disease is and what you can do about it. After that, it will be much easier to understand what you find in books and other sources.

The author was treated for prostate cancer in 1997. This overview is based on careful research, his own experiences, and those of other men who had prostate cancer. Go to the page menu.

FINDING THE CANCER  Skip ahead to Assessing the Cancer. Go to the top of this page. Go to the page menu.


The prostate, which is part of the male reproductive system, is located directly beneath the bladder. The average prostate is about the size of a walnut. Some are much larger.

Cross-section of a male abdomen. Click for a longer description.
A  prostate   B bladder  C pelvic bone
D rectum  E urethra F pelvic-floor
muscles   G  seminal  vesicle
Cross-section of a male abdomen.
A prostate   B bladder   C pubic bone
D rectum   E urethra
F pelvic-floor muscles   G seminal vesicle