Most men probably don't realize they have a prostate gland, yet this walnut-sized structure that sits just below the male bladder is something that every guy should keep in mind. Cancer of the prostate is the number two cancer killer of men, accounting for nearly 35,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Prostate cancer advances slowly, though, so early detection and good prostate health can make all the difference. Here are six simple strategies that can keep you in the know about the status of your own gland, as well as keep it healthy.
Take a deep breath and relax.
While it is estimated that nearly one in every six men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime, only about 3 of 100 men will ultimately die from the disease. This is because the disease is typically very slow growing and non-aggressive. Getting checked once a year will keep you way ahead of the curve and allow your doctor to suggest strategies to keep you alive and healthy for the long run.
Men's Journal contributing editor Dr. Robert M. Mordkin, MD, FACS, is the Chief of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.
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