What are some common problems that occur with the male prostate?

What are some common problems that occur with the male prostate?

Prostate-related illnesses are common amongst middle-aged men and should not be taken lightly. We highly recommend you see a doctor if you think you or anyone you know is experiencing any prostate problems.

There are a variety of common prostate-related health conditions, one of which is an enlarged prostate. Those suffering from an enlarged prostate (also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) may experience frequent urination, strained urination, a weak or slow urinary stream, dribbling of urine, or a constant urge to urinate throughout the night. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is most common in older men.

Another common prostate disease is prostatitis. Prostatitis involves inflammation of the prostate and/or the surrounding area. There are several different types of prostatitis with symptoms that range from mild to severe. If left untreated, prostatitis can greatly impact a man’s quality of life.

The last (and most serious) type of prostate disease is prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men (after skin cancer). Symptoms associated with prostate cancer include difficulty urinating or holding in urine; erectile dysfunction; blood in the urine; pain in the spine, hips, ribs, or other bones; weakness or numbness in the legs or feet; and loss of bladder or bowel control.

Doctors can use digital rectal exams and blood tests to help diagnose prostate-related conditions like enlarged prostate (BPH), prostatitis, and prostate cancer. These tests are often administered as a part of a man’s general health check-up, especially if he is over the age of 50. If you or someone you know is indeed suffering from a prostate disease, it is extremely important to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.