Prostate Cancer – What is it?
About Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer is unfortunately the most common cancer diagnosed in men with up to 36,000 men diagnosed each year in the UK alone. It happens when cells in the prostate grow in an uncontrolled way.
What is the prostate gland, and what exactly does it do?
OK, so the prostate gland is a small gland that sits under the bladder. Only us fella’s have it and its the same size and shape as a walnut (ironic really as regularly eating walnuts is very good at reducing the risk of prostate cancer – click here to learn more). The prostate gland surrounds the urethra. The urethra (from Greek οὐρήθρα – ourethra) is a tube that connects the urinary bladder to the genitals for the removal of fluids from the body. The prostate gland’s job is to produce some of the fluid that carries the sperm.
How will I know if something’s not right?
To be honest, most chaps don’t have any symptoms at all, but you may see a change in normal activities;
- Passing water more frequently, especially during the night
- When you pee the flow is not as strong as it used to be
- You may have difficulty starting to pee
Less common symptoms are;
- New, noticable, pain in your back and hips
- Difficulty getting a stiffy
- blood in your pee or semen
But, you don’t need all of these to have a problem chaps, if you notice anything different it is very important to visit your GP to establish the cause. It may not be the big C.
Talk to your GP about your symptoms, embarrassment needs to go out the window, so it may be a good idea to write down everything before hand so that you can tell your GP everything. Nothing is unimportant so be succinct but clear.
The GP may then need to do a few simple tests such as;
- a urine test
- blood test (PSA test)
- physical exam (DRE – digital rectal examination)
After this you’ll need to wait 1-2 weeks for the results, so don’t panic if you don’t hear anything.
You obviously don’t need telling that your gentleman’s sausage is an important part of you! But what goes on inside and where it’s all located may be a mystery. Click here to view a map of your internal drive.
More to follow….