My first post here in a long, long time will be a simple one about the cheery topic of prostate cancer. When I started this blog I saw prostate cancer as an old man’s disease. In the intervening years (a) I have learned it can strike (and strike hard) at younger men, too, and (b) I have gotten older. So here I am. Mainly this post will be a way to get everyone who has asked up to speed in advance of Thursday’s biopsy and — more importantly — the results.
So here’s the scoop in Q & A style. Unlike most of my posts, in this case the As are based on actual Qs.
What is a prosrate?
A prostate (note the lack of an ‘r’ in the word — common mistake) is a part found only in the male model of the species. It is wrapped around the urethra. It actually serves a reproductive function but I’ll let you have that discussion with your mother or father. What’s pertinent here is that sometimes it gets bigger. That can generally be due to benign (i.e. not cancerous) prostate hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, or prostate cancer. When it gets bigger it can cause problems with the flow of liquid through the urethra (i.e. difficulties peeing). A bigger prostate also tends to produce more PSA.