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  • Does prostate cancer screening matter?

    Does prostate cancer screening matter?

    The latest guidelines suggest you should have an engaged conversation with your doctor about PSA testing. Image: © Mark Bowden/Thinkstock An annual prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to check for signs of possible prostate cancer sounds innocent enough, but new guidelines suggest the test offers few long-term benefits, and substantial possible harm. The updated guidelines from […]

  • Shortened radiation therapy may help with low-risk prostate cancer

    In the Journals A new study found that patients with low-risk prostate cancer may be able to undergo a shortened course of radiation therapy that cuts treatment by weeks and offers similar quality-of-life results as longer treatments. The study’s results were presented Sept. 26, 2016, at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s annual meeting. Researchers […]

  • New Imaging Technique May Help Some Men Avoid Prostate Biopsy

    New Imaging Technique May Help Some Men Avoid Prostate Biopsy

    Men who have high levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in their blood face troubling uncertainties. While it’s true that prostate cancer can elevate PSA, so can other conditions, including the benign prostate enlargement that afflicts many men as they get older. PSA levels also vary normally from one man to the next, and some men […]

  • Lifestyle therapy for prostate cancer: Does it work?

    Lifestyle therapy for prostate cancer: Does it work?

    Prostate cancer is the most common internal malignancy in American men; it’s second only to lung cancer among the leading causes of male cancer deaths. That makes it an urgent problem, and it is finally getting the scientific respect it deserves. Still, despite thorough investigations that have yielded major advances, many aspects of the disease […]

  • Vitamin D and your health: Breaking old rules, raising new hopes

    Vitamin D and your health: Breaking old rules, raising new hopes

    Vitamin D was discovered in 1920, culminating the long search for a way to cure rickets, a painful childhood bone disease. Within a decade, the fortification of foods with vitamin D was under way, and rickets became rare in the United States. But solving the problem of rickets was only the beginning of research into […]

  • Prostate-Specific Antigen Blood Test (PSA Test)

    Prostate-Specific Antigen Blood Test (PSA Test)

    What Is It? The prostate-specific antigen blood test (PSA test) is a screening test. It measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man’s blood. PSA is a chemical made by the prostate. The prostate is a sex gland located near a man’s bladder. It produces the fluid in semen. PSA levels normally increase […]

  • Acute Prostatitis

    Acute Prostatitis

    What Is It? The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits below the bladder in men. This gland makes fluid that mixes with sperm to form semen. Because the prostate surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder), conditions that cause the prostate to swell or enlarge may […]

  • Enlarged Prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)

    Enlarged Prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)

    What Is It? The prostate is a small gland approximately the size and shape of a walnut. It sits directly below the bladder, in front of the rectum. The prostate is a part of the male reproductive tract. It produces fluid that combines with sperm to make semen. At birth, the prostate gland is tiny. […]

  • Biopsy of the Prostate and Transrectal Ultrasound

    Biopsy of the Prostate and Transrectal Ultrasound

    What is the test? Your doctor is likely to recommend this test if you’ve had a rectal exam or blood tests that suggest that you might have prostate cancer. For this test, a urologist takes tissue samples from several places in your prostate, to be examined for cancer. A transrectal ultrasound helps the urologist see […]

  • Chronic Prostatitis

    Chronic Prostatitis

    What Is It? The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits below the bladder in men. This gland makes fluid that mixes with sperm to form semen. Prostatitis is inflammation or swelling of the prostate gland. When symptoms start gradually and linger for more than a couple of weeks, the condition is called chronic prostatitis. […]

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