Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate gland grow out of control. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 8 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes. In 2022, the organization estimates that 268,490 men in the United States will develop prostate cancer and 35,000 will die from causes related to the disease.

Prostate cancer is most common in men who are 65 years and older. It affects non-Hispanic Black men at a higher rate than others.

Learning about prostate cancer can help you understand how the condition might affect you or someone you care about. Here are some common myths about prostate cancer and important facts about the disease.