As you get older, you may become aware that you need to pay attention to your prostate health. Prostate cancer is a condition that affects primarily older men. It is important to know how to not only identify ways to maintain good prostate health, but also what to do if you suspect you may need a doctor's attention.
Understanding prostate health
Your prostate gland is a small gland that produces seminal fluid, located below your bladder and in front of your rectum. This gland surrounds the tube that transports urine from the bladder out of your body. If the prostate gland is inflamed or enlarged, it can cause problems with urination and can make it difficult to maintain an erection.
If you are a healthy man, your prostate will not give you any problems until you advance in age. However, men over age 50 should begin to pay attention to prostate health, as that is when most prostate health issues begin to surface.
Common prostate health problems
The most common three prostate health complications men encounter are the following:
There are many types of prostate cancer, some of which are mostly contained to the prostate and are easy to treat, and some which are aggressive and spread rapidly, making them much more challenging to treat. In either case, a diagnosis of prostate cancer is important to take seriously.
How to detect prostate cancer
Unfortunately, prostate cancer does not usually show itself early on. However, sometimes prostate cancer reveals itself through urinary complications, such as trouble urinating, sudden stopping and starting during urination, and weakened flow of urine, characterized by dribbling. It can also sometimes show itself through blood in the urine semen.
If the prostate cancer has spread to your lymph nodes in your groin area, you may experience swelling and discomfort in your pelvic area.
The best way to detect prostate cancer is to have regular annual screenings for prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer screenings
There are two tests used to screen for prostate cancer:
Best practices promoting good men's prostate health
There are several things you can do to improve your prostate health:
The following are known risk factors for developing prostate cancer:
A proactive approach saves lives
You should make an appointment to see your doctor if:
The following dietary suggestions are derived from studies conducted on men with prostate cancer who used diet as one of their prostate cancer treatment options.
Prostate cancer biopsy is the only test that confirms the prostate cancer; the word "biopsy" often instills fear in prospective patients. A prostate biopsy does not, however, involve the surgical procedure many fear.
A prostate ultrasound can help your physician evaluate and diagnose such conditions as prostate cancer or prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate gland, or help to find the cause of infertility.