Where is the prostate located?
The prostate is a small gland located under the bladder and in front of the rectum. The urethra—the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body—runs through the prostate.
What does it do?
It helps control the flow of urine and produces fluid that aids in fertilization and sperm transit.
What causes prostate cancer?
There are various risk factors that contribute to prostate cancer. Some risk factors include advanced age, genetics, lack of exercise, unbalanced diet, ethnicity and obesity.
How often should men get checked?
There are 2 main screening exams: The prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE). Men at the age 50 should begin having a conversation with their doctor about cancer screening. If risk factors are higher than average then speaking with a doctor sooner is recommended.