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Top 10 Facts about the Prostate that all Men Should Know

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It is a sad fact that most men don’t even know what their prostate is or what it does. This seems rather shocking when prostate cancer is the 2nd most common and second most deadly form of cancer among men. Prostate cancer spreads rapidly but still can be treated with success if the condition is caught in its early stages. Knowing the following 10 facts about the prostate will help men determine if something is not working correctly.

Most men know they have a prostate but they don’t know what it is or its purpose. The prostate is a gland. Its purpose is to make seminal fluid which mixes with sperm to make semen.

Another commonly asked question about the prostate is what it looks like. The prostate gland is roughly the size of a walnut. It is located just below the bladder between the penis and the anus. When prostate problems occur, urination can become difficult. Prostate problems can lead to the glad swelling. In severe cases it can swell to the size of a plum bringing major discomfort.

Knowing you if your prostate is healthy is effective in fighting prostate problems and prostate cancer. One of the easiest ways to determine prostate health is from the stream of urine. If urination isn’t a problem and the stream is steady and healthy then this is a good sign. Difficulty urinating and frequent urination during the nighttime hours are signs that you should see a doctor.

A mans age is definitely a factor. The chances of catching prostate cancer grow as a man gets older. Men in their 50’s should be checked regularly with men aged 70-74 being the largest diagnosed age group. It is estimated that 1 in 25 men will die from prostate cancer each year.

Having a regular PSA test is one effective preventative measure. The PSA test measures the amount of PSA in the blood. PSA is produced in the prostate gland. A high level of PSA doesn’t not always indicate prostate cancer. In fact 3 out of 4 cases are usually another benign condition such as Prostatitus or BHP. However the higher the level of PSA the greater likelihood cancer could develop.

Genetics can play a role in prostate cancer. If there is a family history of the disease especially if it is a brother, father or grandfather then you doctor should be told. Those with a family history are far more likely to develop the disease.

Men of the Mediterranean region of the world have the lowest incidences of prostate cancer in the world. Many believe it is due to their diets. Eating healthy fats such as omega 3 fish oils 3 times per week, as well as brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables can actually reduce your chances of cancer and improve overall body health.

Maintain a healthy weight. There are links between obesity and cancer. In men weight tends to gather in the stomach region which increases their risk of cancer. Exercising regularly keeps the pounds away as well as having its own cancer fighting properties.

Drinking healthy fluids can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day brings several health benefits. It dilutes the urine keeping the infection rate low. It also flushed the kidneys keeping impurities away. Drinking green tea is also helpful in the fight against prostate cancer. Green tea is full of antioxidants which help reduce the chances of cancer cells developing. Men in China and Japan drink green tea regularly and have a very low amount of prostate cancer cases.

Lead an active life. Activity helps burn calories and balances the hormone levels in the body. Doctors claim that it is never too late. Men that have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer have been known to increase their chances of survival and life expectancy by implementing exercise.

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One Response to “Top 10 Facts about the Prostate that all Men Should Know”

Comment from Darcy Brown
Time June 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

My question is: if my husband’s urologist is recommending a biopsy because his PSA has gone from 2 to 4 in a two year period of time (he’s 54 yrs old) and the biopsy should come back normal, what will make his PSA level decrease so that he’s not asked to do a biopsy on a yearly basis?

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