Know Your Prostate!

It’s important for your sex life.

We thought we should start with that.

Every man has a prostate but very few know anything about it.

Awareness is key in as far as this is concerned. So no quick panics but there are a few things we need to know.

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The Prostate

According to nhs.co.uk

The prostate is located below the bladder. It produces some of the fluid in semen and is crucial to a man’s sex life. The prostate fluid nourishes and protects sperm during intercourse and forms the bulk of ejaculate volume.

The prostate often enlarges as men get older, but for two-thirds of men aged 50 or over this doesn’t cause any problems.

The Issues

When it gets too big it can press against the urinary gland meaning you have issues passing fluid.

Sometimes an infection can cause inflammation meaning peeing becomes painful. Sometimes a single cell can multiply causing cancer.

The Cancer

In most parts of the world it is the most common cancer among men with it being the second most common cause of  cancer deaths among men in the UK.

The Symptoms

Symptoms of all prostate problems include:

  • needing to urinate often, especially at night
  • difficulty starting to urinate
  • straining to urinate or taking a long time to finish
  • pain when urinating or during sex

Other less common symptoms include:

  • pain in the lower back
  • blood in the urine

Risk groups

The risk groups are as follows:

  • Age 40 for men with more than one first-degree relative (son, brother, or father) who had prostate cancer before age 65.
  • Age 45 for men with a single first-degree relative who had prostate cancer before age 65.
  • Age 45 for black men due to carrying a higher risk of prostate cancer.

Black men are actually three times more likely to develop it than white men.

What to do

There is a higher risk of getting it if you have huge intake of red meat and animal fat so you will want to reduce it.

If you feel any discomfort go and visit your GP and get yourself checked as soon as possible.

This is the first in a series of articles in November in which we will be tackling issues to do with men’s health.