Harvard Men's Health Watch

Stem cells and the prostate

Stem cells are undifferentiated, or unspecialized, cells that are able to renew and regenerate themselves through the process of cell division. Two prostate diseases, prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are both characterized by abnormal cell growth. Researchers are just beginning to investigate what role, if any, stem cells may play in the development of these conditions.
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