There’s no doubt that prostate cancer can be a serious concern for men as they grow older. It’s estimated that some 200,000 men in the U.S are diagnosed with it every year, and approximately 30,000 of those die from it. But as you age, your prostate can start to cause you some problems that while alarming, aren’t necessarily related to cancer.
Here are some of the basic questions men ask when they first think they might be having prostate issues. See if they sound familiar:
1.) What is my prostate and why is it causing me problems?
Your prostate gland surrounds your urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of your body. For most men, their prostate enlarges as they age, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This condition may squeeze or partly block your urethra, often causing you problems with urinating.
2.) What are symptoms of BPH?
- Trouble getting your urine stream started and/or completely stopped
- More frequently feeling like you need to urinate
- Weak urine stream
- Feeling as if your bladder is not completely empty after you urinate
3.) Could my symptoms mean I have prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer and BPH are NOT related, but can cause some of the same symptoms. And while an enlarged prostate can be extremely annoying, it’s usually not a serious health problem.
5.) How do I know what’s really wrong with me?
Call us for a prostate consultation appointment today: 972-403-5425. We can diagnose BPH by asking questions about your symptoms, health history and with a physical exam — which can also rule out prostate cancer.
6.) Is there treatment for BPH?
There are some things you can do that may help reduce your symptoms:
- Urinate as much as you can, relax for a few moments, and then urinate again
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Avoid antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays and allergy pills
7.) What if my self-help methods don’t work?
BPH can be treated with prescription medication, but if your symptoms are too severe, your doctor may suggest surgery. However, few men have BPH problems severe enough to choose surgery.
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