11.01.2011

Movember - Changing the Face of Men's Health: The Prostate

As part of a month long fundraiser to incite dialogue and increase awareness about Male related health issues, I would like to introduce you to the Prostate.


It is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis. The prostate is just in front of the rectum. The urethra runs through the center of the prostate (think of the prostate like a doughnut), from the bladder to the penis, letting urine flow out of the body.
 
The prostate secretes fluid that nourishes and protects sperm. During ejaculation, the prostate squeezes this fluid into the urethra, and it’s expelled with sperm as semen.

The vasa deferentia (singular: vas deferens) bring sperm from the testes to the seminal vesicles. The seminal vesicles contribute fluid to semen during ejaculation.

Now here is what can go wrong with it...

  • Prostatitis: Inflammation of the prostate, sometimes caused by infection. In some cases, it is treated with antibiotics.
  • Enlarged prostate: Called benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH, prostate growth affects virtually all men over 50. Symptoms of difficult urination tend to increase with age. Medicines or surgery can treat BPH.
  • Prostate cancer: It’s the most common form of cancer in men (besides skin cancer), but only one in 35 men die from prostate cancer. Surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy can be used to treat prostate cancer. Some men choose to delay treatment, which is called watchful waiting.
If you are experiencing any Enlarged Prostate related symptoms, please contact your doctor for a full check up. This could include a DRE (digital rectal exam), PSA (prostate specific antigen) test, ultrasound of the prostate, or a biopsy to examine the prostate tissue.

It is important to know, that when caught early, there are many treatment options available both Eastern and Western.

For more information, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, www.pcf.org