Prostate Health - What Every Man Should Know

Prostate health information that every man needs to know!

Located at the bottom of every man's bladder, above the rectum, the prostate is a chesnut-sized sex gland that is responsible for producing most of the reproductive fluid. The prostate surrounds the urethra where it leaves the bladder.

A common problem among older men is that the prostate begins to grow bigger when a man reaches the age of fifty years old. This inflammation of the prostate gland is known as Prostatitis. As the prostate enlarges, it pinches the urethra and causes a reduced flow of urine. Symptoms of Prostatitis includes a burning feeling when urination occurs, an urgency of urination, a feeling of an inability to completely empty the bladder when urinating, pain before or during ejaculation, pain in the pubic region, and back pain. Prostatitis can be successfully treated by a urologist. The procedure involves opening up the urethra so that the urine can pass through without being hindered or slowed down.

The good news is that Prostatitis is more common in older men than prostate cancer. However, the bad news is that Prostatitis can be caused by prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the leading cancer that affects males. This is the reason that men should have a prostate examination every year beginning at the age of fifty years old. Men who are at a greater risk of cancer, if they have a male family history of the disease, for example, should start having their annual examinations beginning at the age of forty. A prostate examination is nothing to be afraid of. It might be a bit uncomfortable, but it can enable your doctor or healthcare professional to detect cancer early. Your doctor will perform a rectal exam and check the prostate gland through the wall of the bowel. He will be searching for any lumps. hardness, or other abnormalities.

There is also a blood test available that measures the amount of Prostate Specific Antigens in the blood stream. The PSA's are a protein which are produced by the prostate gland. A high level of these antigens in a man's bloodstream may simply be due to aging, or they could point to a serious disorder. Early detection is usually the key to successfully treating a disorder or disease in its earliest stages.

Depending on the disorder or the disease that may be found in the prostate gland, medical problems can be treated by prescribed medicine or by surgical means. The key is to immediately report any unusual symptoms to your doctor or healthcare professional at the very first sign you recognize them, no matter what your age may be.

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