What does the Prostate Do?

What is PSA (Protein-Specific Antigen)?

What is the Prostate and where is it?


What does the Prostate Do?
The primary function of the prostate is to provide a portion of the fluid which accompanies ejaculation.

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What is PSA (Protein-Specific Antigen)?
PSA is a protein produced by both normal and cancerous prostate cells. When prostate cancer grows or when other prostate diseases are present, (such as benign prostatic hyperplasia or infection), the amount of PSA in the blood can increase. If either a digital rectal examination or the PSA blood test is abnormal, further prostate cancer testing is than considered. PSA levels can vary from individual to individual and still be within normal limits, even when cancer is present. PSA testing is most helpful when a baseline level has been established. This test si useful both in diagnosis and follow up of prostate Cancer, particularly in patients who have had a radical prostatectomy, It is not diagnostic in and of itself of prostate cancer.

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What is the Prostate and where is it?
The prostate is a walnut sized sex gland located just beneath the bladder in males. It surrounds as portion of the urethra and is just above the pelvic wall muscles.

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