The prostate is a walnut shaped gland of the male reproductive system. It’s located just under the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate surrounds the urethra. The prostate is incredibly important for male reproduction. The prostate helps with the production of semen that is essential for carrying sperm through the urethra. When the prostate is affected by cancer, it can not only affect the prostate, it can affect the surrounding structures. Tucson men’s health services at Men’s Vitality Clinic will help all men understand prostate health.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of non-skin cancer within the U.S. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, it affects 1 in 7 men. It seems that genetics and family history play a large role in whether or not a man will develop prostate cancer. Also, it seems that the natural aging process has a lot to do with prostate cancer diagnosis. The older an individual is, the more likely a man is to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation also released a statistic that states; “The average age at diagnosis in the United States is 69 years.” Other risk factors for prostate cancer diagnosis are; unhealthy diet, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and African-American descent.

While some men never experience any symptoms of prostate cancer, others will notice small changes. An enlarged prostate and prostate cancer have very similar symptoms. Prostate cancer can also affect sexual function without the urinary symptoms. Symptoms that differ from an enlarged prostate (or BPH) are; difficulty having or maintaining an erection, blood in urine or semen, back pain and stiffness in back, hips, or thighs, or painful urination.

The health of the prostate is an important aspect of male health. Visit your physician at Men’s Vitality Clinic for Tucson men’s health services related to prostate health. If you have questions, concerns, or symptoms of prostate cancer, do not hesitate to call.  Our mission is to keep our patients happy and healthy. Call for an appointment today!