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The prostate is a gland located at the base of a manís bladder, behind the pubic bone and in front of the rectum. This gland, which is roughly the size and shape of a small crab apple, weighs only about an ounce in young men. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine away from the bladder and transports semen during ejaculation. A good way to envision the prostate is as an apple with the core removed, with the urethra passing through the middle.†
The prostateís primary function is to produce prostatic fluid, a component of semen. Also, during ejaculation, smooth muscles in the prostate contract to help propel semen through the urethra. Technically the prostate is not part of the urinary system. But because of its location and relationship to the urethra, the prostate can (and often does) affect urinary function.†
Prostate cancer: After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men and is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer deaths.
The good news is that reliable diagnostic tests and numerous treatment options are available, and death rates from prostate cancer are on the decline.
Although the symptoms of prostate cancer are similar to those of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the conditions are not related. Having BPH neither increases nor decreases a manís risk of prostate cancer. In addition, it is possible for a man to have both conditions at the same time.†
If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, obtaining accurate information is critically important.
Youíll find articles on: the value of the PSA velocity test, the Gleason score, quality of life issues after prostate cancer treatment, new screening tests, choosing the right treatment for your prostate cancer, the role of the pathologist, the TMN prostate cancer staging system, and much more.