Everything you need to know about prostate nodules

A prostate nodule is a firm, knuckle-like area on the prostate. It may not have any symptoms or may cause bladder infections and chronic pelvic pain. There are several causes of prostate nodules, including prostatitis and prostate cancer.

The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It is about the size and shape of a walnut and is found just below the bladder and in front of the rectum.

The prostate helps produce semen, which carries the sperm from the testicles through the penis during ejaculation.

In this article, we look at the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of prostate nodules.

What is a prostate nodule?

diagram of the prostate gland
 A nodule on the prostate may be a benign growth.

A prostate nodule is a firm area that may appear on the prostate. It is raised and hard and feels like the knuckle on a finger.

A prostate nodule may be cancerous and, as a result, should be checked by a doctor.

A person with a prostate nodule may be referred to a specialist and given a biopsy, which is when a piece of tissue is removed and sent away for further tests.

A nodule vs. a tumor

A nodule or a tumor on the prostate essentially refers to the same thing – an abnormal growth. However, “nodule” is regarded as a benign growth, whereas “tumor” is used more commonly to refer to cancer.

If a person is confused by the terms being used by their doctor, they should ask for clarification, as this can help them get a better understanding of their health.

What causes prostate nodules

There are several different reasons a person could develop a prostate nodule. These include:

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably. Nearly allinstances of prostate cancer are a type known as adenocarcinomas.

Other, rarer types include:

  • sarcomas
  • small cell carcinomas
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • transitional cell carcinomas

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men in the United States. It is estimated that in 2017 there will be 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer and 26,730 deaths caused by prostate cancer.

Older men are more likely to develop prostate cancer, with 6 out of 10 cases occurring in men aged 65 or over.

Not all prostate nodules are cancer, however, and they can be caused by several other conditions.


Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland and is often caused by a bacterial infection. Around half of all men are affected by prostatitis at some point in their lives. It does not increase the risk of other prostate diseases.

There are four different types of prostatitis:

  • Acute bacterial prostatitis, which is caused by a bacterial infection and comes on suddenly. It is the least common type but the easiest to diagnose and treat with antibiotics. Symptoms include chills, fever, and urine in the blood.
  • Chronic bacterial prostatitis, which is also caused by bacteria. Often, the only symptom is a bladder infection. It is treated with antibiotics but may be recurrent or chronic.
  • Chronic prostatitis, which is also known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome, is the most common type of prostatitis and can come and go without warning. Symptoms include pain and discomfort in the groin and bladder area, which can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs or alpha-blockers.
  • Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis, which does not have any symptoms and often does not require treatment. This type of prostatitis is usually discovered during tests for something else.

Prostate calculi

This is the presence of stones in the prostate, often called prostatic stones. Doctors believe they are formed either by secretions from the prostate thickening, or when pus and other debris fuse together during an infection.

Prostate calculi can be associated with chronic prostatitis and often has similar symptoms. The presence of the stones can lead to inflammation of the prostate, which stops urine exiting the body and can lead to a bacterial infection.

Other causes of a prostate nodule include:

  • infarct, an area of dead tissue caused by a loss in blood supply
  • abnormalities in the rectum, such as a hemorrhoid

Prostate changes over time

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Passing urine more often than normal and a reduced flow of urine are symptoms that may require medical attention.

The prostate gland tends to grow as men age. An enlarged prostate may squeeze the urethra and make it difficult to urinate. This requires medical attention.

The risk of having prostate problems increases with age. The most common prostate problems are inflammation, an enlarged prostate, and prostate cancer. Having one problem does not directly lead to another, however.

Symptoms that require medical attention include:

  • passing urine more often than usual
  • having an urgent need to pass urine
  • a reduced flow of urine
  • a burning feeling when passing urine
  • having to get up many times in the night to pass urine


A doctor will ask about a person’s symptoms and their medical history and may take a urine sample for testing.

The standard way to examine the prostate is a digital rectal exam. A doctor will insert a lubricated and gloved finger into the rectum to feel the prostate. The test takes around 10 to 15 seconds.

The digital rectal exam will allow the doctor to feel if there is a prostate nodule present.

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test

A PSA test checks for elevated PSA in the blood, which is a protein produced by the prostate. Increased PSA in the blood may be a sign of prostatitis, an enlarged prostate, or prostate cancer. However, some other non-medical factors can also increase PSA.


If a doctor has any concerns about prostate cancer, they will refer the man to a urologist for a prostate biopsy. Samples from several areas of the prostate will be taken and tested. Treatment will be decided based on the results.


blue ribbon for prostate cancer
Prostate cancer may affect 1 in 7 men in their lifetime.

The outlook for a man with a prostate nodule will depend on the cause of the nodule and the health of the individual.

If the cause of the nodule is prostatitis or prostate calculi, it will often be treated using antibiotics or other medications. In rare cases, it may be treated with surgery.

If the prostate nodule is cancerous, it will be treated using prostate cancer treatments. The outlook for men with prostate cancer varies depending on their age, the stage of the cancer, and their overall health.

While it is a serious disease, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. Prostate cancer affects roughly 1 in 7 men during their lifetime. There are currently around 2.9 million men in the U.S. who have prostate cancer.

As well as receiving physical treatment, it is essential that people with prostate cancer seek support from those around them, including family, friends, healthcare professionals, and support groups.

40 Embarrassing Movie Costume Mistakes That Should Never Have Made It Onto The Screen


Image: via Taking Dictation / via Daily Mail Online
Image: via Taking Dictation / via Daily Mail Online

Costume design must be one of the tougher jobs when working on a movie. With everything from clothing materials and fashion accessories right down to something as innocuous as belt loops to consider, designers need to make sure that everything fits together perfectly. Otherwise, the eagle-eyed online community will pounce on their little mistakes. Which is pretty much what happened with these 40 embarrassing examples.

Image: YouTube/TrailersPlaygroundHD
Image: YouTube/TrailersPlaygroundHD

40. Braveheart – William Wallace’s kilt

The kilt is such a stereotypical piece of Scottish attire that it’s hard to accept that it didn’t exist in the 13th and 14th centuries, when William Wallace fought for independence against England. Not that Mel Gibson, who plays Wallace in Braveheart, would let silly facts get in the way of a movie where he gets to bash the British. After all, he proudly dons a kilt throughout the whole thing.

Image: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki
Image: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki

39. Captain America: The First Avenger – Jim Morita’s earpiece

It’s amazing that no one told actor Kenneth Choi, playing soldier Jim Morita, to pull his hat down to cover his decidedly 21st-century headset in a movie set in the Second World War. Sure, it’s a Marvel movie, so no one’s exactly watching it to learn about the conflict’s realities, but a Bluetooth headset is surely a bridge too far.



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Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty


Wubba Lubba Dub Dub! There have been so many celebrity guest voice actors on Rick and Morty that sometimes you don’t even notice them. Here is a pretty good list of many of the celeb voices that have been featured on Adult Swim’s hilarious show… did you catch all of these guest stars?

Christina Hendricks as Unity

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Nathan Fillon as Cornvelious Daniel

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Keegan Michael Key as a Testicle Monster

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Jordan Peele as a Testicle Monster

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Claudia Black as Ma-Sha

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Patton Oswald as Beta-Seven

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Matt Walsh as Sleepy Gary

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Jemaine Clement as Fart

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Keith David as President

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Christian Slater asVance Maximus

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Gillian Jacobs as Supernova

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

John Oliver as Dr. Xenon Bloom

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Stephen Colbert as Zeep

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Danny Trejo as Jaguar

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Alfred Molina as The Devil

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

David Cross as Prince Nebulon

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Kurtwood Smith as General Nathan

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Tricia Helfer as Donna Gueterman

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Joel McHale as Hemorrhage

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Werner Herzog as Shrimply Pibbles

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Andy Daly as Krombopulos Michael

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

Susan Sarandon as Dr. Wong

Celebrities That Guest Starred in Rick and Morty

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September 28 2017

Celebrities Pay Tribute To Hugh Hefner Following His Death Aged 91

Celebrities have paid tribute to the founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner, following his death at the age of 91.

Announcing his passing overnight, Playboy Enterprises said: “Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognisable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones. He was 91 years old.”


Credit: PA Images

Figures including Kim Kardashian, Mark Hamill and modern ‘playboy’ Dan Bilzerian have paid tribute to the entertainment mogul.

Hefner built the Playboy brand from scratch over 60 years ago, beginning with the flagship Playboy magazine which famously combined nude shots of women with articles, fiction and interviews. Its subjects would include The Beatles, Madonna, Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton.

The magazine also interviewed political heavyweights including Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King Jr.

Hefner’s enterprise grew to include TV, film, websites, nightclubs and even a clothing range, as well as his famous Playboy Mansion.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

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