There was a time not too long ago when there was little awareness of the prostate, let alone diagnosis and treatment. Countless numbers of men have suffered with the symptoms and many have died as a result of this ignorance.
Today, prostate disease is well defined and is no longer necessarily considered a death sentence. The most effective methods for handling prostate disease are knowledge and prevention.
What is the Prostate?
The first step toward understanding how the prostate affects your health is to learn what the prostate is and how it functions.
It is surprising how little many men know about such an important part of their anatomy. The prostate is an important segment of the male reproductive system. It is a gland that is located in the lower abdominal cavity, just below the bladder, in front of the rectum and behind the pubic bone.
It partially surrounds the urethra. The urethra is the channel that carries urine to the penis from the bladder and it runs right through the prostate. A healthy prostate is about the size of a walnut, weighs approximately 1 ounce and is shaped similar to a donut.
There are "seminal vesicles" that are attached to the prostate. They produce a protein that mixes with prostatic fluid which forms semen. How this works is that tubes from the testicles carry sperm up to the prostate where sperm is mixed with the seminal vesicle and prostatic fluids.
This fluid is ejaculated during orgasm through ejaculatory ducts that connect to the urethra. In addition, the prostate helps to control the flow of urine.
Nearly every man will experience some type of prostate problem during his lifetime. Men who are over forty-five may experience an enlargement of the prostate. While this is not a problem in itself, it is uncomfortable and can be a forerunner to other, more serious maladies which we will discuss further.
THE SYMPTOMS OF PROSTATE PROBLEMS
Enlargement of the prostate is called benign prostate hypertrophy, or BPH. While this growth is usually considered a nuisance, if a man experiences problems with burning, or difficult urination at any time, the prudent course of action is consulting a urologist, or treating it with medication or, preferably, with natural supplements. Many health breakthroughs have led to herbal and natural means of prevention and treatment.
Other symptoms may be:
- A Weak Urine Stream.
- A Sensation that the Bladder is not Emptying.
- Frequent Urinating, Especially at Night.
- An Intermittent Starting and Stopping of the Urinary Stream.
After a diagnosis of BPH, many men will just continue to live with the symptoms and subsequent discomfort. It is not a life threatening condition, and there are proven natural treatments. In extreme cases, surgery might be considered if the enlargement is significant. However, this can lead to sexual dysfunction and many debilitating issues, such as diapers. Make it your last resort.
Prostate cancer can occur in any man but there are certain "risk groups." Younger African American men appear to have twice the risk and fatalities of Caucasians. Sadly, many are not diagnosed before they reach the age of 50.
Another risk group is men who have a family history of prostate cancer, placing them in the same group who may contract the disease before the age of 50.
The only method to determine whether you are at risk for prostate cancer is diagnostic testing. The earlier you are screened, the higher your chances of survival.
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