Prostate problems can be a major cause of ill-health and impaired quality of life in middle-aged and older men. The Centre for Men's Health Prostate Health Programme aims not only to provide a complete prostate screening and risk assessment service, but also to introduce a range of measures that may help prevent further benign enlargement or malignant changes in the gland.
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a gland that sits between the bladder and the penis. The urethra, carrying urine from the bladder to the penis runs through the middle of it. The prostate secretes a fluid which plays an important role in reproduction. It forms part of the semen and nourishes and protects the sperm after ejaculation.
Prostate health conditions
The main health conditions that can affect the prostate fall into three categories:
- Prostate inflammation (prostatitis)
- Prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH)
- Prostate cancer