Thursday, April 9, 2009

Prostate Health Solutions

I’ve learned there are four main disorders of the prostate, which may include one or more of the following symptons:

Waking frequently at night to urinate
Sudden or urgent need to urinate
Difficulty in starting to urinate
Slow flow of urine and difficulty in stopping
Discomfort when urinating
Painful ejaculation
Blood in the urine or semen
Decrease in libido (sex urge)
Reduced ability to get an erection

If you can tick off one or more of the above symptoms I would recommend that you contact your GP or Health Professional for a consultation.

The Prostrate Cancer Foundation of Australia; have extensive information available for you to further your own knowledge should you wish.

According to both sites the four main disorders are;

Prostatitis; is a benign (non life threatening) condition. It is NOT prostate cancer.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH);
or enlargement (BHE) is quite common in older men. It is a benign condition and is NOT prostate cancer.
Prostatodynia; this is long standing or chronic prostate disease. There are usually no clear signs of infection or inflammation but there may be pain or discomfort in the pelvic region. Treatments are varied including antibiotics, non –steroid anti-inflammatory agents, muscle relaxants and sometimes medications for chronic pain.
Prostate cancer
; is the only one of the four disorders that is potentially life-threatening. One of the most worrying aspects is that many prostate cancers develop without men experiencing ANY SYMPTOMS.

Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells of the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than in a normal prostate, causing a swelling or tumour. However, unlike BPH, prostate cancer cells eventually break out of the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes, producing secondary tumours, a process known as metastasis. Once the cancer escapes from the prostate, treatment is possible but “cure” becomes impossible.

Prostate cancer is usually one of the slower growing cancers. In the past, it was most frequently encountered in men over 70, and many of those men died of other causes before their prostate cancer could kill them. This led to the old saying “most men die with, not of, prostate cancer”.

However, that is certainly is not true today. Three developments have changed things considerably:

  • Men are living longer, giving the cancer more time to spread beyond the prostate, with potentially fatal consequences.
  • More men in their early sixties, fifties and even forties are being detected with prostate cancer.
  • Earlier on-set, combined with the greater male life expectancy, means those cancers have more time to spread and become life-threatening unless diagnosed and treated.
I worked with a colleague, in New Zealand. He was a partner in his firm of financial planners. Their philosophy was ‘wholistic’ planning for your future. Whenever they met with new and current clients, they didn’t just look into where they were at with mortgages, debts, shares etc, a huge part of their practice was around Health and Wellbeing and a variety of Insurance products.

True to his philosophy, part of that involved him personally having yearly regular health checkups with his Dentist and GP. Lucky for him he did, they discovered very early onset of prostrate cancer – he had no symptoms and he was only in his early 50’s.

Unfortunately what seems to happen amongst men, because these are things that aren’t and shouldn’t be talked about, most men tend to accept the onset of these symptoms as part and parcel of being men and maturing.

I know this, much to my husbands’ horror when I laid down an ultimatum that he go to the doctor and start having yearly checks. Not a pleasant thought for most men – but is unnecessary and early death really your preferred option for a few minutes of ‘uncomfortableness’? Remember earlier in the article, MOST men don’t even know they have cancer or that things aren’t as they should be as there are no actual SYMPTOMS, unlike some women that have breast cancer, they can feel the lumps.

As young men and it’s not too late for older men, you can help keep yourselves healthy and perhaps help to avoid this whole issue by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Eating the required daily adult amount of two fruits and five vegetables coupled with exercise can be a way to ensure that you stay healthy and are within a healthy weight range for you.

Of course in this day and age of eating on the run, takeaways and convenience foods – you can always supplement with vitamins that contain key ingredients; Lycopene, Saw Palmetto, and Pygeum Africanum – these have long been used in the support of a healthy Prostate.

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To your health
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Melissa said...

Very good, and informative post. Thank you for sharing it. Lucky for me, my husband does not suffer from any of those symptoms. Regular testing, and early detection are so important.

EddieGarcia said...

Every male 50 and above needs to have a regular screening. I make sure I have mine checked at least once a year and I pay attention to any signs my body might be trying to relay to me. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and I do recommend that if you have not had a screening recently, do as Julie suggests and get with your doctor as soon as possible to get checked out.

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betchai said...

I actually had problems before in pushing my father to see the doctor regularly (annually), especially when I moved to US. Luckily, my husband is very consistent in having regular check-ups.
Thanks for sharing this very informative post.

your "Health Assistant" said...

Very interesting and informative post keep it up!

Leomar said...

Thanks for this very informative post. It's a good thing that i don't have any of the symptoms. I still believe that prevention is better than cure.

Anne said...

Thank you for sharing these facts. My husband does not need to be tested yet, but he is getting there soon. I will tell him to keep track of all of these ideas.

My Weight Loss Diet said...

I learn a lot from your post. Very informative. I will definitely share your blog. Thanks!

Bill Tessore said...

Hi Julie,

The very fact that prostate cancer is so sneaky is a good reason for all your readers to take serious note of the information you've posted here. Thanks for looking out for those guys who don't do it for themselves.

I appreciate you,

Bill Tessore

Mark Justice said...

Thanks for the info...I've been having some symptoms of prostate problems, even discussed some with my doctor, although we were talking about some drug interactions at the time. He didn't check at the time, but next time in I'll bring it up! Thanks again.