Prostate

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 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.

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.
  • The activity and growth of the prostate is stimulated by male hormones called androgens.
  • The main androgen is testosterone, produced by the testicles.
prostate anatomy diagram

Prostate Cancer Study

R. Alex Hsi, M.D. describes a tool to compare the effectiveness of different treatments for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. This tool is based on a study performed by the Prostate Cancer Results Study Group, who analyzed the treatment outcomes of over 100,000 patients across the globe, following these patients for up to 15 years. DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY.

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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.

Prostate Cancer Surgery or Radiation ???

How do you decide which treatment is best? Here is a study, reporting treatment results for over 119 thousand patients. Testing over 15 years after treatment shows who had cancer recurrence and who remained prostate cancer free. See which course of therapy worked best for low to high risk patients. Get your copy of the study to discuss with your family and Doctor. Which treatment is best for you? 

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