September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so SCNM Chief Medical Officer Dr. Forrest Beck took some time to tell us about this important aspect of men's health.
The prostate is a walnut sized gland located in front of the rectum and behind the bladder. It is part of the reproductive system that Dr. Beck says "is poorly understood by most men." They are aware that they have one, but they don't know what they can do to keep it healthy. It usually isn't something they think about until they notice there is a problem.
Below are the three main prostate issues men experience. These conditions can cause discomfort, sexual dysfunction and fertility issues if left untreated.
Typically caused by prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate.) This inflammation narrows the urethra, making urination uncomfortable. Prostatitis can be caused by injury, infection or an immune system disorder.
Also known as BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia is an increase in cells in the prostate that causes enlargement of the gland. BPH is very common in older men. 2/3 men over the age of 60 experience incomplete urination as well as "weak stream" due to pressure caused by BPH.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men. It is a very slow growing form of cancer. In fact, many men who die of natural causes are found to have prostate cancer that was unrelated to their death. While all cancer should be treated seriously, many men overreact to a diagnosis. F