The next time you see your father, uncle or a man over 60, ask him to tell you about his prostate. If you know him well enough and he feels comfortable enough with you (some would say too comfortable), he will surely share a litany of common prostate problems that trouble him, have troubled him or will trouble him in the near future. This is because an enlarged prostate, a benign prostatic hyperplasia and even prostate cancer can be in the cards for every man over a certain age.
It’s the scary but true fact of growing old as a man. For example, every man should know that prostate cancer is one of the most common prostate problems. It is at the top of the list of cancers that affect men, almost as many men, roughly as breast cancer in women. Prostate cancer is not in the press like breast cancer, however, probably because most men prefer not to talk about what’s going on down there.
The second thing most men don’t do, but should know exactly what this prostate is. The prostate is part of a man’s sexual organs. Located just below the bladder in a man, wrapped around the urethra, the prostate is about the size of a nut. His main work in the scheme of things of birds and bees is to add liquid to your sperm during ejaculation.
And most of the time, men don’t even realize they have a prostate because it’s a hidden internal organ, but all men quickly discover what their prostate is and where it is when they have a common prostate problem.
For example, all men should know that prostate problems are not restricted to older men. Men under 50 can get prostatitis or an extremely painful prostate infection. It is a swelling of the prostate gland that can cause fever, burning during urination and fatigue.
And all men over the age of 50 should be aware of their most common prostate problem, which is an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia. This benign, or non-fatal, condition is actually much more common in older men than prostate cancer, which should provide some relief for older men when they know it.
Men should all be aware of the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, such as leaks and drops during urination, weak urine flow, difficulty starting to urinate and even small amounts of blood in the urine.
And although benign prostatic hyperplasia is more common than prostate cancer, men should know that the two can go hand in hand. This is not always the case, and many men with an enlarged prostate will never develop cancer. But it is good to keep your eyes open for both, as they may have similar symptoms.