March 13, 2008

The Causes of Prostate Cancer

What is the prostate? Where is it located? What does it do? What causes prostate cancer? There are many questions that may be associated with the prostate. We hope that we can answer some of those questions. The prostate is a gland located in a man's pelvis. It is about the size of a walnut and weighs about 20 grams.

The prostate in found in front of the rectum, behind the pubic bone. It is below the bladder and surrounded by pelvic muscles. The prostate has an important role in seminal activity.

Unfortunately, there are many diseases that are associated with the prostate. Prostate cancer is a common one that affects many men but you may also suffer from enlarged prostate, prostitis and other complications.

Some symptoms or signs of problems may include difficult urination, increased urination at night, urgent urination, starting and stopping of a stream or feeling like you must "push" it out, urinary infection and others.

If you feel you may be having prostate problems, you need to see your doctor for an examination. You will be asked questions about yourself and your family history and there will be a physical exam and urine tests. A bladder ultrasound and a prostate ultrasound can also help diagnose.

When you have been diagnosed with a prostate condition, your doctor will discuss possible treatments with you. Medicine may be needed to shrink the prostate. There are different factors that can affect your chances of prostate cancer. You should talk to your doctor if you are concerned with this.

If someone in your family has had prostate cancer, you will want to have regular checkups and remain prostate healthy. You should not feel nervous or embarrassed to have check ups, they are very important to your future health.

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