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The Male Reproductive System

The Male Reproductive System

And when we talk about the male reproductive system, the most problematic part for most of you guys as you age is that pesky prostate.

We hear a great deal about women’s cancers, particularly breast cancer, but less about men’s cancers.  Well here are some stats: In Australia, 3300 men die each year of prostate cancer which is more than the number of women who die with breast cancer.  Staggeringly, one in nine men will develop prostate cancer.  Think about that for a minute…… One in nine.  One might consider why the discrepancy between these cancers that are inherently linked with the sexes.  Perhaps this is the most worrying statistic: a 2002 survey found that while 78% of women considered themselves to be well-informed and knowledgeable about breast cancer, only 52% of men could say the same about prostate cancer.

So, blokes, here is iNightingale’s contribution to your education.  The following tutorial is actually Part 2 of a 3 part series on the male reproductive system, but I have started here as it addresses that troublesome little prostate.  It, of course, covers a number of parts of this anatomy, but pay particular attention to the prostate.  It will help you understand the anatomy, how it causes the symptoms that it does and why some investigations are required (a digital examination, for example, comes as a shocking surprise which this video will demystify).

And caregivers, this will do the same for you.  Like  most men who care for their patient who has a gynaecological condition such as ovarian cancer, they haven’t taken much time out of their lives to consider the purpose a woman’s Fallopian Tube or Cervix.  Equally, most women haven’t really thought much about a prostate.  But when you find yourself having conversations about prostates and surgery and interventions and all sorts of things when caring, it’s helpful to be across the anatomy.

 

References
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
 
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Nic Nash-Arnold has been nursing for twenty years. She has nursed thousands of patients, mainly in the operating theatre. Nicole has worked in both public and private hospitals in Queensland. Ten years ago, she left the “coal face” of nursing and moved into a Nurse Educator role and then a series of senior and executive hospital administration roles. Nic has always believed in the empowerment with education. That might be empowering nurses to provide better care or patients to take better care, but education is always the centre of the solution. Google 
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