The prostate, a small muscular gland, produces an important fluid that transports sperm and keeps them safe. Although not vital for life, the prostate is vital for reproduction. Article last updated by Tim Newman on Thu 11 January All references are available in the References tab. Bhavsar, A. Anatomic imaging of the prostate.
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Structure Conditions affecting the prostate Medical tests. The male reproductive system. As men age, the prostate can become enlarged.
It also highlights the importance of seeing your GP to check for prostate cancer. Learn more about the symptoms of prostate enlargement. Based on 14 ratings. Information to help you decide if you should have a PSA test to check for the early signs of prostate cancer. Skip to main content. Transcript of Prostate enlargement animation Prostate Enlargement Prostate enlargement and prostate cancer are two common conditions that affect men. In both cases, it is the prostate, a small gland in the pelvis that is affected.
Let's look inside the body to learn more about this gland. The prostate is only found in men. It's about the size of a walnut and lies inside the pelvis underneath your bladder. It surrounds the urethra, a thin tube that carries urine from the bladder, through the penis where it leaves the body. The prostate produces and stores a thick fluid, which is a major part of semen.
As you grow older, your prostate may get bigger. This is known as prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH.
It is still not fully understood why the prostate enlarges with age, but growth hormones such as testosterone and oestrogen undoubtedly play some role. This condition is not dangerous, but may affect urination as the enlarged prostate squeezes your urethra. In some men, treatment is needed to alleviate symptoms.
Having prostate enlargement does not increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. This content does not have an English version. This content does not have an Arabic version. Overview Benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH — also called prostate gland enlargement — is a common condition as men get older. Request an Appointment at Mayo Clinic. Comparing normal and enlarged prostate glands At normal size, the prostate gland is about the size and shape of a walnut or golf ball.
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