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Thursday, March 21, 2013

What The Prostate Might Teach Us

What The Prostate Might Teach Us

The walnut-shaped prostate sits just underneath the bladder and is wrapped  around the urethra. The prostate, despite its position, has nothing to do with a  man’s urinary equipment . The prostate is where it is as it’s necessary for  ejaculation, and the semen passes through the same urethra as urine does. The  prostate gland’s main job is to add special fluid to the sperm before it  ejaculates from the penis. That is why the prostate is where it’s at, and why  prostate issues interfere with the male’s ability to have sex and urinate.

Three main variations of prostate issues: enlargement, infection, and cancer.  Prostate enlargement, known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is a  non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Even though men in their 20s can  suffer from BPH, it normally only surfaces late in life. it’s estimated that  50 percent of all men will have BPH by reaching the age of 60, and a full  90 percent will suffer from BPH by age 85. When the prostate enlarges  outward, a man may not realize he has BPH unless it grows upward and places  pressure on the bladder. But when the prostate swells inward, squeezing the  urethra, which passes through the center of the gland, he will certainly know  there is a problem. With the prostate constricting the urinary tube, a man can  suffer from difficulty in urinating, straining to initiate urination, frequent  urination, getting up multiple times at night to urinate, or urgency of  urination.

The signs or symptoms of an enlarged prostate can vary, but the most common ones  involve changes or issues with urination, such as a tentative, interrupted,  slow stream, urgency and leaking or dribbling, more frequent urination,  particularly at night. This is often called nocturia. Men who have symptoms of  prostate obstruction are much more probable to develop chronic kidney disease.  These are disconcerting and dangerous issues if not found and corrected in time.

The principal therapeutic treatment for BPH symptoms is non-invasive surgery  known as trans urethral resection of the prostate, also frequently referred to as  reaming out the prostate. There are also drugs like Proscar used to diminish the  prostate, but these drugs have not been that successful and have damaging side  effects. Prostate infections, or prostatitis, are quite widespread in males after  their teenage years. Symptoms of prostate infections can include repeated and  or painful urination, other urinary problems, or pain during sex.

The fear of having prostate cancer can be devastating to most men. Prostate  cancer is most effectively dealt with when discovered early. Consider these statistics supplied from the American Cancer Society: Nearly eighty percent of all prostate cancers are found while they are still localized, or confined to  the prostate. The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate tumors discovered at this early stage is a whopping 100 percent. Testing  works.

Prostate Enlargement is frequent as a man gets older and matures. Medical doctors  call this condition as enlarged prostate BPH or "benign prostatic hyperplasia".  At the same time as the prostate enlarges, the layer of tissue surrounding it stops it from  expanding, causing the prostate gland to push inward against the urethra and  limiting the flow, narrowing the space for urine to pass. The bladder wall  also will become thicker and irritable. The bladder starts to contract even as soon as it  contains even small amounts of urine, causing more repeated urination by the  male. Sooner or later, the bladder weakens and loses some ability to totally empty  itself and urine remains in the bladder. The narrowing of the urethra and  incomplete emptying of the bladder cause a large number of the issues associated  with an enlarged prostate. A medical doctor can determine an enlarged prostate during the dreaded finger prostate exam.

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