What is Prostate Function?
Prostate is one of the most important glands in the body of every man. It is in charge of helping the proper production of semen. Prostate is kind of wrapped around urethra, which is a tube whose main purpose is to carry the urine from the bladder to the penis. A normal size of prostate is somewhat the same size as a walnut, but as the body grows older, prostate gets larger and larger and when it gets too big for its own good it may lead to the development of certain types of medical problems. There are three main types of medical conditions commonly associated with prostate and those include prostate cancer, prostate enlargement and prostatitis (inflammatory condition of the prostate).
Healthy Prostate Is Very Important
Milky, alkaline fluids commonly produced by the prostate are a very important component of the semen, so it is very important to maintain proper overall health of the prostate. Some people may experience benign prostate enlargements which are actually enlargements which do not have anything to do with cancer, contrary to the popular belief. These enlargements commonly occur on the inner parts of the gland and they are commonly associated with urethra obstructions which are known for decreasing the normal flow of urine and triggering the development of the so called lower urinary tract symptoms. These symptoms may be induced by various different types of illnesses, medications and infections. The range of such symptoms is rather wide but there are a few of those which are commonly featured in most cases. Disrupted sleep is one of them. The urge to urinate induces such medical problems. Incomplete emptying is known for being one of the most common lower urinary tract symptoms. It is a haunting feeling that a person needs to urinate more, even after emptying the bladder. Dribbling of urine may also occur after the urination in a large number of cases. This type of symptom is known for affecting men who belong to the group of people older than 70. Weaker urine stream may occur in some cases. Frequent toilet visits is usually inevitably but a large number of men who suffer from this condition. Some men may suffer from increased urgency, characterized by a sudden need to go to the toilet without any previous warning. Perhaps the most common type of symptoms includes difficulty in starting the flow of urine. There are certain symptoms which require immediate medical attention. Discharge from the urethra is one such symptom, and the same can be said for involuntary loss of large amounts of urine. Other types of similar symptoms include discomfort in the penis, buttocks, upper thighs or lower back, blood in the semen, blood in the urine, painful ejaculations and burning or painful sensations during the urination.
The Three Conditions
Prostate cancer is one of the three most common medical conditions known for affecting the prostate and it is one of the leading causes of death among male population. The risk of prostate cancer can be reduced to a certain degree by using medications which are referred to as 5-ARIs. There are also certain risk factors which may lead to the development of prostate cancer and those include genetic information, race, family history and the natural process of aging. When diagnosed on time, prostate cancer can be treated properly. Screening for such purposes may include a prostate specific antigen test and a digital rectal exam. Prostate enlargement is another common medical condition which usually occurs in men who are over 50 years old. In some cases, this medical condition is also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia. Once the prostate gets enlarged, it affects the normal functioning of the urethra which leads to the development of certain medical problems such as small amounts of blood in the urine, dribbling urine, leaking urine, waking up to urinate several times per night, the feeling of still having to go after a finished urination, a small amount of urine during urination, a weak stream of urine, trouble starting a urine stream and a frequent and urgent need to urinate. Another common medical condition which occurs in a large number of men everywhere around the world is called prostatitis. This is a term used for all different types of inflammations or infections which may affect the prostate. This type of medical condition is usually associated with plenty of discomfort and painful sensations, which may occur in different organs. This type of medical condition may appear suddenly or gradually, and in some cases it may even be recurring. Prostatitis is in most cases characterized by certain types of symptoms such as blood in the urine, painful sensations in the abdomen, painful sensations in the lower back, strong and frequent urge to urinate, burning and painful sensations during urination and ejaculation and nausea, chills or fever.