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What is indolent prostate cancer?

Mark S. Litwin, MD
Urology
As the prostate gland enlarges in older men, it can cause symptoms, but in addition it can also harbor nests of prostate cancer cells. Many prostate cancer cells simply stay within the prostate gland and never spread, progress, or cause any harm to the patient. These are called indolent or slow-growing prostate cancers. Fortunately, they comprise the majority of prostate cancers throughout the world.

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