Certain misconceptions have constantly surrounded the prostate. It's a mysterious gland most men couldn't point to on a map of their anatomy, which makes it easy to hear and accept information as fact without scientific scrutiny. That's an issue.
Another problem for the layperson is that even medical knowledge and wisdom regarding the prostate is changing as science discovers more.
Let's look at a few of the traditional nuggets of insight that have never been true before diving into the accepted wisdom, which has changed over time.
Sanjay Pandey, M.S. (master of surgery), a urologist and the head of andrology and reconstructive urology at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute in Mumbai, India, highlighted three of the most common misbeliefs:
- Prostate issues occur only in older men. Not true. Young men can also face prostate cancer and other conditions.
- The larger the prostate, the more the potential symptoms. Another myth. A small prostate can also be occlusive and cause urinary problems, too.
- Prostate cancer