Next time you see your father, your uncle, or any older gentleman over age 60 or so, ask them about their prostate! Seriously. Prostate problems are more common than one might think! Here are five things that every man should know about the prostate.
1. Most men don’t know exactly what that prostate is.
A prostate is part of a man’s sexual organs. Located just below the bladder in a man, wrapped around the urethra, the prostate is about the size of a walnut. Its main job in the birds-and-bees scheme of things is to add fluid to your sperm during ejaculation.
And most of the time, men don’t even realize they have a prostate because it’s a hidden internal organ, but all men find out quickly what and where their prostate is when they suffer a prostate problem.
2. The most common prostate problem is an enlarged prostate.
This benign, or nonfatal condition, is actually far more common in older men than prostate cancer, which should give some relief to older men.
3. The symptoms of enlarged prostate.
The symptoms of enlarged prostate include leaking and dribbling during urination, a weak urine stream, trouble getting started with urination, and even small amounts of blood in the urine.
And though benign prostatic hypertrophy or hyperplasia is more common than prostate cancer, men should be aware that the two can go hand in hand. It’s not always the case, and many men with an enlarged prostate will never develop into cancer. But it’s good to keep an eye for both, because they can have similar symptoms.
4. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers for men.
Prostate cancer tops the list of cancers that afflict men, happening in nearly as many men, roughly speaking, as breast cancer in women. Prostate cancer, however, doesn’t get the press that breast cancer does.
5. Prostate issues aren’t just for older men.
Men under 50 can get prostatitis, or an extremely painful infection of their prostate. This is a swelling of the prostate that can cause fever, a burning sensation during urination, and fatigue.