Health After 50: Prostate Disorders

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To start you off, here is your first Health Alert on Prostate Cancer:

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located just below the bladder in men. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine away from the bladder. The prostate keeps urine and semen flowing in the proper direction, and it also produces a component of semen called prostatic fluid.

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in 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 for prostate cancer, and death rates from prostate cancer are on the decline. Moreover, doctors are constantly adapting and refining current therapies for both prostate cancer and BPH to improve patient outcomes and decrease side effects, everything from the most cutting edge surgical options such as robotics, to "active surveillance (expectant management.")

Please visit the Prostate Table of Contents for more information on prostate cancer.

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