Prostate Problems — It’s A Fact Of Life
Why do men make countless nightly trips to the bathroom rather than take just one trip to see a urologist? Almost at every turn men are reluctant to talk about any negative issues occurring below the beltline – whether it’s to your partner, your buddies or even your doctor.
Because you are male, in the back of your mind you know that there is a very real possibility that one day your doctor will say, “It looks like you have a prostate problem.” If that were not enough, you will soon discover that prostate issues will not go away no matter how long you try to ignore them.
Most adult males will face a prostate issue at some point. One in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer – the second most deadly cancer for men after lung cancer. Prostatitis or an enlargement of the prostate typically starts at around the age 40 and it sends over two million men to doctors every year. By the time you reach the age of 50, half of all men have an enlarged prostate. Between the ages of 70 and 80 the number of men with enlargement swells (pun intended) to over 90 percent.
Despite those numbers, encouraging advances in prostate care are giving men more treatment and preventative options than ever before.
Today, the survival rate for prostate cancer has risen to over 99% if the disease is caught early. Now men are trying new, quick and safe outpatient treatments for an enlarged prostate. They are also finding that chronic bacterial prostatitis (an infection in the prostate) can easily be treated with antibiotics.
Perhaps it’s time to get over “fear of the finger” and considered taking action by speaking up at your next medical visit.
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