Prostate awareness ‘dangerously low’ in British men

Gallagher, J. BBC News. Published online: 22 April 2016

B0006973 Prostate cancer cell
Image source: Anne Weston, LRI, CRUK – Wellcome Image // CC BY-NC0ND 4.0

Image shows scanning electron micrograph of a single prostate cancer cell.

British men are dangerously ignorant of the prostate gland, according to a men’s health charity.

It is crucial for sex as it helps produce semen and is involved in ejaculation. But it is also the leading cause of cancer in men, with 40,000 diagnosed each year, Prostate Cancer UK says.

A survey by the charity showed nearly one in five men did not even know they had a prostate and men were “blind” to the risk of cancer. The gland, which is about the size of a walnut, sits below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It produces the fluid that nourishes sperm.

The survey of 1,900 men found:

  • 92% were clueless about the gland’s role
  • 54% did not know where it was
  • 17% did not know they had a prostate

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