Mr John in his 50’s said: “I started urinating frequently when I was 54 years old. It was every 30 minutes. Immediately, I noticed the symptom, I consulted my doctor, without delay. My doctor said I would have my prostate removed.”
Around the world, we hear similar stories, very common in prostrate clinics. The question is: What can a man do to avoid prostate diseases? When should he seek medical advice?
WHAT IS A PROSTRATE?
The prostrate is a walnut – shaped gland that is located below the ladder and surrounds the urethra. It’s function is to produce a fluid that makes up approximately 30 percent of the volume of semen. Apparently, the fluid, contains calcium, citric acid, and enzymes, probably improves fertility and sperm motility (ability to swim). Moreover, the fluid secreted from the prostrate includes zinc, which scientist theorize projects against genital – tract infections.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE A SICK PROSTRATE
Reports indicate that a good number of pelvic symptoms in men are closely linked to inflammatory or tumorous prostrate disease. Prostatis – inflammation of the prostrate – can cause uncomfortable urination, fever and bladder pain. When the prostrate is very swollen, it can stop the patient from urinating. If inflammation is caused by bacteria, the disease is called bacterial prostatitis, and it can be so painful, acute or chronic. It is usually associated with urinary tract infection. However, in a greater number of cases, the cause of the inflammation is not detected, no wonder the disease is called nonbacterial prostatitis.
PROSTRATE problems are common and they cause an increase in urinary frequency, urination during the night, a deplete in force of the urinary stream, and you will have a feeling that the bladder is not completely empty. These symptoms usually indicate benign prostatic hyperplasia ( BPH ) that is a non-cancerous prostrate enlargement – which can no doubt affect men over 40 years of age. The incidence of BPH increases with age. Usually present in 50% in men aged 75 and 25% in men aged 55.
The prostrate can also be dealt with by malignant new growth of tissues that possesses no physiological function (tumors). Prostrate cancer is usually discovered in a routine examination, even when there are no prostate symptoms. In more developed cases, there can be urinary retention with swelling of the bladder. When cancer has spread to other organs, there may be neurological symptoms, backache and swelling in the legs because of blockage or obstruction of the lymphatic system. In a recent year, the United States alone reported about 300,000 new cases of prostrate cancer and 41,000 deaths caused by it.
WHO IS MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP IT?
Men with relatives affected by prostrate cancer have a greater probability of developing it. Some risk factors are race, age, nationality, diet, family history and physical inactivity. Men who have a diet rich in fat and not doing enough exercise, increase their chances of developing the cancer.
HOW TO PREVENT PROSTATE DISEASES
Even though, scientist still do not know exactly what causes prostate cancer, they accept that hormonal and genetic factors may be included. Happily, we can control two risk factors – physical inactivity and diet.
It is suggested to limit your intake of high – fat foods from animal sources and go for food from plant sources. It is important to take fruits and vegetables each day as well as cereals, bread, pasta, other grain products, beans and rice. Waterlemons, tomatoes, grapefruits, and are very rich in lycopenes. These antioxidants helps to prevent damage to DNA and may help lower prostate cancer risk. Many experts likewise said that certain herbs and minerals may help.
The American Cancer Society and the American Urological Association encourages prostrate cancer screening, because it saves lives. When the cancer is detected early, it can be treated successfully. The American Cancer Society recommends that men over 45, or over 50 in the case of those in high – risk groups, undergo yearly medical check-up. It should include a prostate – specific antigen blood test (PSA). This antigen is a protein produced by prostrate cells. It’s level increases in prostrate disease. Note that, if no normalcy in your PSA test, please ask your doctor to talk it over with you, on your cancer risk and a need for further test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). Through the patient’s rectum, the doctor can feel any abnormal area in the prostrate gland, since this gland is located toward the front of the rectum. A transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) test recommend a biopsy of the prostrate gland. This test takes about 20 minutes.
An advice: If you know there is a history of prostrate cancer in your family, please be careful of your diet. Morally clean conduct protects a person from venereal diseases, which can cause prostate!