Prostate cancer is the leading cause of death amongst men in today’s society. As you know breast cancer is the main health fear for women, similarly prostate cancer is the main health concern for men. Basically, one out of every four men (25%) will suffer some type of prostate related ailment in their lifetime. The prostate is a small gland about the size of a walnut located in the male reproductive system. It is an often overlooked part of the body because of societal taboos. Seeing the health risks it involves, it is better to pay importance at this very important part of the male body.
The prostate is normally known as the “central” part of the male reproduction system because of its location at the center of the genitals area.
- The main purpose of the prostate is in reproduction. The prostate is responsible for storing semen which is a fluid that contains reproductive cells. The semen has sperm that is carried to the female during ejaculation. This process can lead to the female becoming impregnated.
- The prostate also controls urine flow. The muscles around the prostate go through a contraction to allow urine to flow out of the penis.
Prostate Conditions And Ailments:
There are many ailments that can affect the prostate. Some of the most common are:
BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) –
This prostate condition is often referred to as an “enlarged prostate”. This is the most common problem that affects the prostate. The older a male gets the more prone he is to BPH. It’s less common in men before the age of 40. However, about 50% of men in their sixties and as much as 90% of men in their eighties and nineties will suffer from BPH symptoms.
This disease of the prostate involves inflammation of the prostate gland. Prostatitis most commonly affects men in their 30’s and 40’s, but can also affect men of an older age. About 40% of men will suffer from some sort of prostatitis at some time in their life. The four different types of prostatitis are : (a) Acute bacterial prostatitis; (b) Chronic bacterial prostatitis; (c) Chronic prostatitis/CPPS(Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome); and (d) Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis.
Prostate Cancer –
The most feared and deadly type of prostate disease. This type of prostate disease involves a tumor forming somewhere on the prostate gland. Detecting prostate cancer early is very important. It’s a slow-growing type of cancer but can be fatal if not treated. Thus far in 2010, there have been 217,730 reported cases of prostate cancer. Of those reported, there have been 32,050 deaths.
Some of the symptoms that may indicate prostate disease include:
- difficulty urinating
- frequent urination
- sudden urge to urinate
- poor urine flow
- starting & stopping during urination
- dribbling at the end of urination
- burning during urination
- pain during & after setting from the genitals area
- straining to urinate
- blood in urine
If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms, it is wise to consult a doctor.
Prostate Test And Exams:
Many tests can be done to determine if someone is suffering from a form of prostate disease:
DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) –
Manual prostate exam performed preferably by a urologist to check for signs of a prostate problem.
Typically done just to check for bacteria or infection in the prostate.
Urine Flow Rate –
Used to determine the amount or speed of the urine flow from the penis.
PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) –
Used as a basis for detecting signs of prostate cancer. This is a specific blood test and doesn’t involve taking urine or anything taken from the prostate.
This is a more precise test done to look inside the bladder & urethra. This procedure involves a scope equipped with a camera to check for abnormalities of the prostate area.
Shying away from a prostate problem is common in men. We don’t want to admit there is a problem due to our masculinity. Facing the fact that you may have a prostate issue is the right thing to do. Don’t think the problems will go away on their own. Take the initiative! If you feel that you may have a prostate related problem then please go to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Don’t wait! You could be saving yourself from a possible fatal condition.
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