What is the Prostate Cancer?

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

The Prostate - DiagramThe Prostate is an organ forming part of the male reproductive system. It is located immediately below the bladder and just in front of the bowel. Its main function is to produce fluid which protects and enriches sperm. In younger men the prostate is about the size of a walnut. It is doughnut shaped as it surrounds the beginning of the urethra, the tube that conveys urine from the bladder to the penis. The nerves that control erections surround the prostate.

There are four main disorders of the prostate. All can have similar symptoms, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Waking frequently at night to urinate
  • Sudden or urgent need to urinate
  • Difficulty in starting to urinate
  • Slow flow of urine and difficulty in stopping
  • Discomfort when urinating
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Decrease in libido (sex urge)
  • Reduced ability to get an erection

The Prostate Enlarged - DiagramMost men tend to accept the onset of one or more of these symptoms as being a natural consequence of ageing. However, anyone experiencing any of the above symptoms is advised to consult a doctor without delay. Early expert diagnosis and treatment is important and may avert potentially serious health consequences.


Prostatitis is a benign (non life threatening) condition. It is NOT prostate cancer. It is caused by inflammation (swelling) of the prostate. It can cause discomfort deep inside the pelvis – all the time or when passing urine or with ejaculation. It can be painful and can spread to other areas of the pelvis. If caused by an infection it may be treated with antibiotics. Treatment is specific to each case and some types of prostatitis can be harder to treat, especially if symptoms have been ignored for some time.

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It might depend on what is in the fine print

by nondescript_handle

But I would guess that preventive care would be screenings indicated by medical guidelines - like mammograms once a year, Pap smears every two years, prostate cancer screening, colonoscopies, etc... My guess is if they said PCP visits count towards the deductible, then any visits not doing one of the aforementioned 'preventive' things will be applied to the deductible.
Ask your HR or the plan. I would hope they clearly define in writing somewhere in the plan documents what consitutes preventive care.

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