WHAT IS THE PROSTATE?

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The prostate is a gland that forms part of the male re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem. When healthy, it’s about the size and shape of a wal­nut and any­thing much larger is a sign some­thing is wrong.

It’s found be­tween the pu­bic bone and rec­tum and sur­rounds the up­per part of the ure­thra (the tube that car­ries urine out of the blad­der).

The prostate pro­duces part of the sem­i­nal fluid, which helps trans­port sperm out of the man’s body dur­ing ejac­u­la­tion.

Men over the age of 50 should go for an an­nual prostate check-up, while men with a fam­ily his­tory of prostate cancer should go for an an­nual check-up from the age of 40.

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