Johns Hopkins Health Alerts: Prostate Disorders

Welcome, and thanks for signing up for free Health Alerts on Prostate Cancer from the doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine!

In the months to come you'll receive email alerts on Prostate Cancer from Dr. Jacek Mostwin, Dr. H. Ballentine Carter, M.D., and other specialists in Adult Urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  They'll review the latest research in preventing and treating prostate cancer, and managing other related prostate disorders.

Johns Hopkins specialists will also deal with the many inconvenient and even embarrassing side effects of prostate disorders, from overactive bladder to incontinence to erectile dysfunction. Johns Hopkins Prostate Disorders Health Alerts is a public service designed to provide cutting-edge information to help guide all your prostate treatment decisions, and to provide an open forum where you can discuss the Alerts you read and find helpful advice and support.

To start you off, here is your first Health Alert on Prostate Cancer:

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located just below the bladder in men. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine away from the bladder. The prostate keeps urine and semen flowing in the proper direction, and it also produces a component of semen called prostatic fluid.

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer deaths. In 2004, about 230,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and about 30,000 died of the disease. (Although symptoms of enlarged prostate (BPH) and prostate cancer are similar, there is no evidence they are related.)

The good news is that reliable diagnostic tests and numerous treatment options are available for prostate cancer, and death rates from prostate cancer are on the decline. Moreover, doctors are constantly adapting and refining current therapies for both prostate cancer and BPH to improve patient outcomes and decrease side effects, everything from the most cutting edge surgical options such as robotics, to "active surveillance (expectant management.")

At our website—Johns Hopkins Health Alerts—medical experts review the most up-to-date information on the symptoms, causes and treatments of protate disorders.  And since the information comes to you direct from Johns Hopkins Medicine ­ rated as America's #1 Medical Center for 18 consecutive years, so you can be sure that everything you read is accurate, timely, and authoritative.

Please visit the Prostate Table of Contents for more information on prostate cancer, plus podcasts, videos, and more.

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