Prostate Health

Prostate Health

The prostate is a very important gland that is part of the anatomy of males. On average, the prostate weighs about 20 oz. and is similar in size to a walnut. As men grow older, the prostate gland will often become enlarged. As a result, about 1 in every 6 men will suffer from complications such as difficulty urinating and cancer. Therefore, it is extremely important for males to have regular prostate checkups. A lack of consistent monitoring of prostate health can be very dangerous, and in some cases even fatal.

Luckily, there are a variety of tests that your doctor can perform that can detect prostate cancer in its early stages. Although there are some prostate health procedures that are rather uncomfortable and invasive, many tests are not. It should be understood however that no matter how uncomfortable some tests may be, detecting an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer in its early stages is of the utmost importance.

For men that are over 50 years old, getting a yearly PSA blood test is a good way to monitor your prostate health and help detect and prevent prostate cancer. However, if your family has a history of prostate cancer, you should begin performing this yearly test starting on your 40th birthday.

This website should not be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice, although it can provide you with facts about prostate health and how it relates to prostate cancer, such as natural treatments, symptoms, causes and other pertinent information about the prostate gland.

DID YOU KNOW?

The growth of most prostate cancer cases occur so slowly that treatment is needed only rarely. Since the disease occurs most commonly in older men, many of those afflicted with prostate cancer will die of natural causes before the disease has a significant impact on their lives. Most cases are just carefully observed over time and subjected to routine testing – otherwise known as “watchful waiting.” However, if the prostate cancer actually does become a threat to the patient’s survival, there are treatments that can and will be used, such as surgery, hormone therapy and radiotherapy.