The prostate is a gland in the male body that helps carry urine away from the bladder and out of the body. It also helps make semen, which is the fluid that contains sperm. Regarding size, the prostate is the size of a walnut but usually grows larger with age. Often, around the age of 50, the prostate can begin giving causing for men. The term ‘prostate disease,’ is a term that can refer to a wide range of medical conditions that can affect the prostate gland.
Common Prostate Problems
- Inflamed prostate, called Prostatitis. Bacteria usually causes this.
- Prostate cancer is common in men but responds well when detected early.
- Enlarged prostate; this is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
Symptoms of Prostate Problems
- Difficulty urinating, whether difficult to start of stop urinating
- Easily causes strain when trying to urinate
- Feeling the need to urinate more frequently
- Being awakened in the middle of the night to urinate
- Symptoms more closely related to prostatitis are: pelvic pain, pain in testicles, pain when urinating, pain when ejaculating semen
Treatments for Prostate Disease
Most treatments for prostate cancer include radiotherapy (radiation), surgery to remove the prostate gland, and hormone therapy. Hormone therapy works through the use of medications, to help block the effects of testosterone, which stimulates prostate cancer.
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