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
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;
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.
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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