One In Five Men Are Unaware That They Have A Prostate

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Men are dangerously unaware of the prostate gland, worse still they are also unaware of many of the organs and structures that make up their reproductive system and they have a sluggish attitude towards knowing more.

The prostate gland is crucial for sexual activity as it helps in the production of semen and is involved in ejaculation itself.But this gland is the leading cause of Cancer in men with up to 40,000 diagnosed each year says Prostate Cancer UK

A Survey done by a Men's Health Charity showed that nearly one in five men didn't even know that they had a prostate, and were also blind to the risk of cancer. 

The Prostate gland, which sits in the front of the rectum, below the bladder, it is about the size of a walnut and it produces the fluid that nourishes sperm. 

Results from the survey of 1,900 showed that 

The survey of 1,900 men found:

  • 92% were clueless about the gland's role
  • 54% did not know where it was
  • 17% did not know they had a prostate

Prostate Cancer UK chief executive Angela Culhane, said: "Men are very unaware of prostate cancer and it's dangerous because it is actually the most common cancer in men.

"The things it does affect - ejaculation and sexual function, urine flow, and incontinence - are not regularly talked about over the dinner table or in the pub."

Nearly 11,000 men die from prostate cancer each year.

It can have few symptoms in the early stages, and because of its location most symptoms are linked to urination:

  • feeling your bladder has not emptied fully
  • needing to run to the toilet
  • flow or taking a long time while urinating
  • difficulty in starting to urinate weak urine
  • needing to urinate more often, especially at night

Ms Culhane said: "A man in his 30s with none of the risk factors shouldn't be overly worried - but for men at higher risk, they should have a conversation with their GP or one of our specialist nurses.

"If they have a family history, are black [black men are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer as the overall population] or are over 50, then, generally, they should be thinking about having a conversation.

Cancer is a very serious issue in general, it can affect anybody, but to say that you are unaware of the risk factors is a very serious mistake on your part. 

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I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor

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