Researchers do not know all of the functions of the prostate gland. However, it is known that the prostate gland plays an important role in both sexual function and urinary function. It is common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages, and it is likely that, as a man, you may encounter some type of prostate problem in your lifetime.
Many clinical problems associated with the prostate gland are quite common and may happen to men of all ages. These include prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), impotence, and urinary frequency, hesitancy, and incontinence.
Cancer of the prostate is a common and serious health concern. In 2011, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 240,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is the most common form of cancer of men aside from skin cancer, and the second leading cause of death from cancer.
What can you do to protect yourself? Talk with your doctor to learn more about the pros and cons of screening for prostate cancer to help you decide if it is right for you.