Fear the Finger No Longer! Mythbusting the Prostate for International Men’s Health Week

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Okay. Let’s get the uncomfortable stuff out of the way.

For the many of you out there who’d always heard the word “prostate” but were never sure exactly what is was and didn’t want to ask, here you go:

“The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis. The prostate is just in front of the rectum. The urethra runs through the center of the prostate, from the bladder to the penis, letting urine flow out of the body.

The prostate secretes fluid that nourishes and protects sperm. During ejaculation, the prostate squeezes this fluid into the urethra, and it’s expelled with sperm as semen.” (Plain english definition courtesy of WebMD.)

Right. Now that you’re smarter than you were 2 minutes ago, here’s some other info to take on board:

Next week is International Men’s Health Week, and BRHS is urging all blokes to do that thing you’ve been putting off.

A finger exam is no longer the recommended first line test for prostate cancer!
Sweet. (It’s more likely it’ll be a simple blood test.)

Talk to your doctor about your prostate, because prostate cancer kills about 3,500 Aussie men each year.

Here’s the best news you’ll hear all day: talking to your doctor about your prostate more than likely won’t mean you have to get a “digital rectal examination,” which is a health speak for, well, you know.

A finger exam is no longer the recommended first line test for prostate cancer! Sweet. (It’s more likely it’ll be a simple blood test.)

So get yourself checked.

If you’d like to know more about the prostate, and prostate cancer, visit www.prostate.org.au/get-checked/

Better yet, ask your doctor.