Most people don’t know what the prostate is for and some people don’t even know they have one, according to a new study highlighting the danger of prostate cancer.
Polling for the charity Prostate Cancer UK also found more than half of men do not know where the prostate gland is and only one in 12 know what it does.
The gland is the size of a walnut and sits beneath the bladder. It plays a key role in sex, making the fluid that sperm swim in. But it can also be home to the leading type of cancer among men, with 47,000 diagnoses and 10,900 deaths each year.
The charity’s Angela Culhane said: “Ignoring your prostate can be lethal … and shockingly many men only realise they have a prostate when it starts to go wrong … we need to wake up and stop men dying needlessly.”
Not everyone experiences symptoms of prostate cancer. Many times, signs of prostate cancer are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.
Some men, however, will experience changes in urinary or sexual function that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer. These symptoms include: