The most common prostate problems
If you’re a man, you will have a prostate gland. While all men have this gland, it’s hidden away, so you’re likely to not think about it until it starts causing you problems.
If you’re a little unsure about what the prostate gland is, it’s roughly the size of a walnut and sits underneath your bladder. It’s important for you to understand that it is common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as you grow older. Also, around one in three men will develop problems with their prostate gland at some point in their lives.
Common symptoms of prostate problems
As we mentioned above, the prostate gland lies underneath your bladder. Because it surrounds your urethra, if you develop a problem with your prostate it is likely to impact the way you are able to pass urine. Symptoms of common bladder problems can vary, however you may:
- Find it difficult to fully empty your bladder
- Find you are taking a long time to pass urine
- Have a sudden urge to urinate
- Find you are getting up during the night to pass urine
Are you suffering from an enlarged prostate?
With more than 1 in 3 men over 50 exhibiting symptoms of prostate enlargement, it’s important to understand what can cause this.
An enlarged prostate is typically caused by an increase in the number of cells within your prostate gland. These cells are non-cancerous, so having an enlarged prostate gland doesn’t automatically mean you have developed prostate cancer. Make sure to take a look at our common symptoms section again if you’re keen to learn more about the types of symptoms you should be on the lookout for.
For some men, an enlarged prostate won’t impact on quality of life. These men will only suffer from mild symptoms however, some men require medication to help control symptoms. If symptoms worsen, then an operation is sometimes required in severe cases.
What is prostatitis?
This term is generally used to explain the inflammation that can occur in the prostate gland. In some cases, this inflammation can be caused by a bacterial infection. With prostatitis, it’s important to remember that there are different types of prostatitis, each of which has its own set of symptoms, including:
- A sudden fever that is also accompanied by aching joints or muscles
- A frequent need to pass urine or discomfort whilst passing urine
- Pain or discomfort in your back or lower abdomen
Prostatitis symptoms can be treated in a number of different ways.
Keeping your prostate healthy
There is continual research being carried out to help determine how to prevent prostate problems, including prostate cancer. While many of the main factors that increase your risk of getting cancer are things that can’t be changed, there are certain lifestyle changes you can adopt.
Significant research indicates that men who or either overweight or obese have a greater chance of developing faster growing prostate cancer. This is why it’s important to think about eating a healthy, balanced diet and incorporating exercise into your daily routine.