Prostate Cancer Treatment Part 5Written by admin on August 7th, 2010
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland which forms part of the male reproductive system. It is located in front of the rectum and just below the bladder, and surrounds the urethra, thus affecting the normal flow of urine. Scientists are still researching the prostate’s complete function, however it is known that its main role is to squeeze fluid into the urethra as sperm move through it during sexual climax. This prostatic fluid, which forms part of the semen, provides energy for the sperm and reduces the acidity of the vaginal canal. The prostate is controlled by hormones. These hormones affect its growth, the way it works and ongoing health – they are important in maintaining a system of balance in the prostate.
An enlarged prostate is a non-cancerous condition in which the narrowing of the urethra makes the elimination of urine more difficult. It most often occurs in men over age 50. A non-cancerous condition that affects many men past 50 years of age, enlarged prostate makes eliminating urine more difficult by narrowing the urethra, a tube running from the bladder through the prostate gland. It can effectively be treated by surgery and, today, by certain drugs.
Causes & symptoms
When the enlarging prostate gland narrows the urethra, a man will have increasing trouble starting the urine stream. Because some urine remains behind in the bladder, he will have to urinate more often, perhaps two or three times at night (nocturia). The need to urinate can become very urgent and, in time, urine may dribble out to stain a man’s clothing–to his embarrassment. Other symptoms of BPH are a weak and sometimes a split stream, and general aching or pain in the perineum (the area between the scrotum and anus). Some men may have considerable enlargement of the prostate before even mild symptoms develop.
This is the most-neglected male disease in the U.S. It strikes more men than either prostate cancer or prostate enlargement. It can be one of the most miserable diseases inflicted on men. It strikes them at younger ages.
It lasts longer. Urologists estimate that one in every four men who see a doctor about a problem involving the penis, urethra, testicles, prostate, bladder, or kidneys is suffering from one of three types of this disease. But prostatitis is not a threat to life, and for all practical purposes research of prostatitis does not exist.
These mimic the symptoms of prostate growth, such as: Frequent urge to urinate, Difficult start, dribbling, Nighttime trips to the bathroom . The symptom that sets prostatitis apart from prostate growth is pain. This varies from mild to so severe it renders a man helpless. Indeed, some people refer to a man in severe prostatitis pain as a “prostate cripple.”
BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA (BPH)
NON-CANCEROUS PROSTATE GROWTH
This condition is normally identified by its symptoms. The most common include:
1- Getting up nights to go to the bathroom
2- Sudden, almost irresistible need to urinate
3- A weak, start-stop stream
4- Problems getting the stream to start.
The prostate begins to enlarge in all men usually starting in their 40′s. Once growth starts, it does not stop as long as life goes on. Effects of this growth vary from almost unbearable misery to minor annoyance, and points in-between. The general rule is that one man in four over age 60 will become so aggravated by BPH he will need physical relief.
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