Prostate: Protect Your Magic Spot

I was hanging out at the National Cancer Institute, a subsidiary agency of the National Institute of Health.  Okay…so I wasn’t actually there.  I visited their website, NIH.Gov.  As a man, I found the following information valuable.  I’m at a point in life where men no longer think they are going to live forever.  In fact, I’m certain I will not live forever, not on this side.  It’s time for me to take my prostate more seriously!

 

The prostate is a small gland in men. It is part of the male reproductive system.  It is said that, if stroked properly, a man’s semen would squirt out of his penis like water from a water gun!  Okay…that was a little indulgent.

 

The prostate is about the size and shape of a walnut. It sits low in the pelvis, below the bladder and just in front of the rectum. The prostate helps make semen, the milky fluid that carries sperm from the testicles through the penis when a man ejaculates.

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The prostate surrounds part of the urethra, a tube that carries urine out of the bladder and through the penis.

 

How does the prostate change as you get older?  Glad you asked.

 

The prostate gland surrounds the tube (urethra) that passes urine. This can be a source of problems as a man ages because:

 

The prostate tends to grow bigger with age and may squeeze the urethra (see drawing) or

A tumor can make the prostate bigger

These changes, or an infection, can cause problems passing urine. Sometimes men in their 30s and 40s may begin to have these urinary symptoms and need medical attention. For others, symptoms aren’t noticed until much later in life. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any urinary symptoms.

 

Tell your doctor if you: 

Are passing urine more during the day

Have an urgent need to pass urine

Have less urine flow

Feel burning when you pass urine

Need to get up many times during the night to pass urine 

 

What prostate changes should you be aware of?  Great question.

 

Growing older raises your risk of prostate problems. The three most common prostate problems are:

 

Infection (prostatitis)

Enlarged prostate ( BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia)

Prostate cancer

One change does not lead to another. For example, having prostatitis or an enlarged prostate does not raise your chance of prostate cancer. It is also possible for you to have more than one condition at the same time.

 

Most men have prostate changes that are not cancer.

 

 

What are common tests for prostate changes?

 

Abnormal findings from any of these tests can help diagnose a problem and suggest the next steps to take:

 

DRE (digital rectal exam)–a test to feel the prostate

PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test–a blood test

Biopsy–a test to check for cancer

 

So husbands, for the sake of longevity, quality and safety, please take my…I mean your prostate seriously.  See you rdoctor regularly and…ask him about your magic spot!

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