Learn the Function and Location of the Prostate
The prostate is a gland found only in men. Understanding the location and function of the prostate is key to explaining symptoms of prostate cancer and other non-cancerous conditions that can effect the prostate function. The prostate is located just beneath the bladder, between the penis and rectum, (see diagram below.) The urethra tube runs out of the bladder, through the center of the prostate, then to the penis, providing the path for urination. In aid of reproduction, prostate muscles help to expel sperm from the body while secreting seminal fluids that protect and nourish the sperm. Incontinence or sexual dysfunction can sometimes be caused by prostate cancer and even treatment for prostate cancer.
The prostate cells produce an enzyme named Prostate Specific Antigen or PSA, found in a man's blood. PSA is produced exclusively by prostate cells. Elevated levels of the PSA enzyme can be helpful in diagnosing issues with the prostate, like cancer or infection. These elevated levels of PSA can be detected with a simple blood test. For more information, visit our page on PSA.
What is the Prostate?
- The prostate is a walnut sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system.
- The prostate is located beneath the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum.
- The prostate makes some of the fluid that nourishes and protects sperm cells in the semen. Just behind the prostate are the seminal vesicles, which make most of the fluid for the semen.
- The urethra is a tube that carries urine and semen out of the body through the penis, running through the prostate.
- PSA is produced exclusively by prostate cells in the Prostate.
- The activity and growth of the prostate is stimulated by male hormones called androgens.
- The main androgen is testosterone, produced by the testicles.
LEARN TO FIGHT PROSTATE CANCER.
Top Ten Steps in Your Fight Against Prostate Cancer
Learn the Top Ten Steps, a guide through knowledge about the prostate, prostate cancer, diagnosis and treatment. Watch our video, introducing Edward Weber, MD. and hear his advice to men just diagnosed with prostate cancer. Expert advice for your fight against Prostate Cancer.
Remission versus Recurrence?
Relapse of prostate cancer is way more common than you might think. Many men treated for prostate cancer have their cancer return, which can lead to a lifetime of treatment. Prostate Cancer Free studies treatment outcomes documented in "The STUDY", recently updated for 2021. Take this Study to your doctor, and discuss your chance of cancer recurrence. The Study is available with the new, just released booklet, to help you learn about prostate cancer. Both the Prostate Cancer Free Study and the booklet, “What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer” are available NOW for you to VIEW, PRINT or DOWNLOAD.
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