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The Prostate

The prostate gland is found only in men. It is a key part of the male reproductive system that produces the fluid which transports sperm during ejaculation. The prostate is approximately the size and shape of a walnut and is located immediately below the bladder and if it is enlarged can in fact push against it. Additionally, the tube that carries the urine out of the bladder, called the urethra, always passes directly through the prostate.

It is because of this intimate relationship between prostate, bladder and urethra that abnormalities of the prostate often result in urinary problems.

The prostate is also located directly in front of the rectum. In fact, the only way for your doctor to feel the surface of the prostate, so as to properly examine it, is through the rectum.

It has been found that the prostate is a very common location for cancer to begin. Regular examination of the prostate is therefore vital to male health.

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