The prostate is a crucial and challenging organ to study due to its high incidence of abnormal growth (both benign and malignant) occurring in aging men. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men-a health hazard that demands new approaches for diagnosis and treatment. This book reflects recent advances in prostate research and covers the field as a whole from epidemiology to etiology, including the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of normal and abnormal growth of the prostate. Prostate: Basic and Clinical Aspects is organized in three sections. Section I describes trends in the epidemiology of prostatic diseases and their impact on men. Section II covers the current state of knowledge including basic and clinical research on ontogeny and etiology of prostate growth obtained in humans, rat models, or by using in vitro cultured cell lines. The final section addresses diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of benign prostate hyperplasia and prostate cancer. Basic and clinical researchers and physicians studying prostate cancer will find Prostate: Basic and Clinical Aspects the most complete and authoritative source of data on this important organ.