It’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month! What do you know about your Prostate?

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Prostate CancerThe prostate gland is quite small. However, it fulfills an important role in the male body; production of the fluid that holds semen. If a something goes awry within the prostate, a man is very likely to experience symptoms of one type or another. This is because of the location of this gland, just in front of the rectum, and just beneath the bladder, wrapped around the uppermost part of the tube below the bladder, the urethra. This tube is the body part that is responsible for carrying urine out of the body.

This condition has been identified as a major risk, thought to affect 1 in 7 men during their lifetime. Generally, prostate cancer is viewed as an age-related condition. Ongoing research is helping physicians and their patients determine the most appropriate screening schedule for this condition. On one hand, prostate cancer is the #2 cancer-related threat to mortality. On the other hand, a large percentage of cases are slow growing. In one case study (autopsies), researchers discovered that men passed away from other health conditions, or old age, having never known they had prostate cancer.

Comparing the risks of treatment against the growth rate of many prostate cancers, doctors are in a precarious position of “wait and see” with many of their patients.

It’s not only about Prostate Cancer
Prostate health is an important topic even beyond informing yourself about prostate cancer. Other conditions that are important to discuss with your physician are:

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. Like prostate cancer, this condition also most commonly affects older men. It may also be referred to as enlarged prostate. As the urethra is compressed from this enlargement, urine flow usually diminishes. Depending on the severity of enlargement, a man may experience a total blockage of urine flow.
  • Prostatitis describes prostate inflammation or infection. Symptoms of prostatitis include difficulty urinating or ejaculating. These activities may be painful, and may be accompanied with lower back pain or pain in the perineum, located behind the scrotum and in front of the rectum.

Collin County Urology has offices in Plano and McKinney. Our friendly staff offers professional care for prostate health and other men’s health issues. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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