Signs of Three Common Prostate Problems

Prostate issues are the most common health problem men have. Your prostate is a small gland involved in semen production located right below the bladder. It wraps around your urethra, which enables the flow of urine and semen.

It’s wise to know the signs of symptoms of prostate trouble so you can seek medical treatment and stay healthy. Your primary care provider is the best place to start. Top-quality internal medicine physician Prabhdeep Singh, MD, uses his 20 years of experience and knowledge to help men, women, and teens maintain wellness.

Preventative care is a significant part of staying healthy. For men, this means, among other things, learning about how your prostate affects your health and when to suspect something is amiss. In this blog, we discuss some of the warning signs of three common prostate problems men face. 

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Your prostate goes through two growth phases, the first occurring during puberty. The second phase begins in your mid-twenties and continues for the rest of your life. It’s during this second that BPH is likely to occur.

BPH is an enlarged prostate. When it becomes enlarged, it can cause problems, of which frequent urination is the most common sign. Other signs include:

Nearly all men can expect to develop some prostate enlargement with age. By age 60, half of all men show some signs of BPH, and by age 85, nearly all men have signs of BPH. 

Prostatitis

Prostatitis refers to inflammation in and around the prostate.  

There are four forms of prostatitis:

As the name suggests, asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis does not cause symptoms. Signs of bacterial and nonbacterial prostatitis include:

Prostatitis most often affects middle-aged men. In some cases, it quickly improves on its own, while treatment is required in other circumstances. 

Prostate cancer

Unfortunately, prostate cancer rarely causes early warning signs. The growing tumor doesn’t press against anything that would alert you to a problem in the early stages. Screening for prostate cancer starting at 55 if you’re at average risk and earlier if you have risk factors is crucial. When prostate cancer does cause symptoms, you may experience:

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. Thanks to improved screening and treatment options, the five-year survival rate of prostate cancer is over 99%.

Taking care of your prostate

Annual wellness checks and screenings play a critical role in keeping you healthy. Regular prostate screenings and exams detect prostate problems before they start or as early as possible. To find out which screenings are appropriate for you and for help with existing prostate symptoms, contact our office to schedule a visit with Dr. Singh or book your request online today.

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