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Prostate Health

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Basic Information

The Prostate gland is a small (about 2 cm round) component of a young man's sex organs. With age the prostate slowly increases in size and can cause problems. With men the older you get the more likely it is you are going to have problems with your prostate gland.

The prostate gland is formed around the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the body. This tube also carries semen fluid out of the body during ejaculation. The prostate gland adds fluids to the semen when a man ejaculates. Muscles in the prostate gland contract to force semen out of the body.

Common problems experienced by men associated with the prostate:

• Frequent urination

• Painful urination

• Blood in the urine

• Slow urination, stopping and starting

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consult your healthcare professional.

Common diseases of the prostate include

• Prostate cancer

• Benign prostatic hyperplasia

• Prostatitis

Older men usually over 50 often encountered benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). If you experience this it is because your prostate has enlarged often to the point that it squeeze’s the urethra. This results in urine being unable to flow easily from the bladder. Although a benign condition (the prostate tissue is not cancerous) this can still cause problems often serious that require on going treatment. 

With men under 50 years of age, prostatitis (prostate inflammation) is the most common prostate disease. Often caused by a bacterial infection but it can also have no identifiable cause. This can produce severe pain including burning and disability. Prostatitis can occur in older men but it is less common.

Prostate cancer can be a fatal disease. Often showing few symptoms unless it has spread to other parts of the body like the bones.

Prostate cancer is easily curable in the early stages.

It’s very common in older men. Many men have undetected prostate cancer for many years dying at a good age of unrelated conditions.

Prostate cancer is very common. It is estimated that 50% of men over the age of 65 years have Benign prostatic hyperplasia or some type of prostate disease. Prostate cancer is one of the most frequent cancers diagnosed in men.

There are a number of things that can reduce the chances of having prostate problems, help or allow for early detection, these include:

• Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

• Having regular PSA tests

• Avoiding caffeine, tea, coffee and caffeine containing energy and soft drinks.

• Reviewing medications with your healthcare professional like diuretics.

• Certain herbal supplements have been shown to assist including Saw palmetto.

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