Health Watch -- Prostate disease

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Last week on Healthwatch we talked about the doctors and researchers at U-T Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas who provide the medical information for Healthwatch. One of the researchers we discussed, Dr. John McConnell, is recognized for his research on prostate disease and his contributions to guidelines for treating it. This week on Healthwatch, we'll take a closer look at prostate disease, prostate cancer and what you need to know about it.

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located just beneath the bladder in men. It secretes one of the primary components in seminal fluid. Many men experience problems with an enlarged prostate as they grow older, but this is a different problem from prostate cancer. Researchers are constantly working to find treatments for both prostate cancer and benign enlargement of the prostate, as well as ways to detect prostate cancer in its earliest stages.
Next on Healthwatch: what you need to know about the prostate.


Nov. 2004

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