The Canadian Cancer Society asked men “What is a prostate?” And well…. although many men knew the general vicinity of where the prostate is located, very few actually knew what a prostate is or what it does….
Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says)…
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between a man’s bladder and penis and sits just in front of the rectum. The prostate controls the release of urine and secretes fluid that makes up part of the semen and enhances the motility & fertility of sperm.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Age is the strongest risk factor for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is very rare before the age of 40, but the chance of having it rises rapidly after age 50. Almost 2 out of 3 prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.
So what can you do about this? GET TESTED guys… starting at age 45 or 50… read below…
The prostate specific antigen, or PSA, test is a simple blood test used to screen for prostate cancer. It measures the amount of PSA in a mans bloodstream. PSA is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland. This measurement, along with other factors, helps your physician determine your relative risk for prostate cancer. MD Anderson recommends that beginning at age 50, men with no family history of prostate cancer should begin annual prostate cancer screening exams. African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should begin annual screening exams at age 45. And this is important…. Both a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test should be performed.
CHECK OUT these great resources for more info on prostate cancer….OnTheLine.com… The Cancer Support Community… and Prostate Cancer Online.