Prostate Health

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Prostate enlargement is referred to as benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH). Although an enlarged prostate can be bothersome, it is best to consult an urologist if you experience any burning or difficulty during urination.

Some symptoms of BPH are:

  • The need to push your urine out
  • The sensation that your bladder does not empty
  • Frequent urination, especially during sleep or at night
  • The stopping and starting of your urine stream

Many men will continue to live their lives normally after being diagnosed with BPH, albeit with a little discomfort. An enlarged prostate is not life threatening in and of itself, and there are many effective treatments. Surgery is one option if the prostate is significantly enlarged.

Be aware though that ignoring your BPH can be quite dangerous. It can lead to other problems such as a kidney infection, when backed up urine causes a blockage. Bladder infections are also another potential problem.

Prostate cancer and BPH are distinctly different things. BPH is a normal part of the aging process of men. Prostate cancer on the other hand is when the cells of your prostate become cancerous and grow out of control. Cancerous cells form tumors that can spread throughout your body. Several health organizations state that 1 out of 6 men will suffer from prostate cancer. Fortunately, if you diagnose the condition in its early stages, you will have a 99.3% chance of survival. Remember, early detection is the key success.

DID YOU KNOW?

Antioxidants in tomatoes will help reduce your risk of prostate cancer. Add some tomato sauce to your food two or three days a week. For a double dose of lycopene you can also have some watermelon with your meals.