Good prostate health is a key aspect of a man’s overall well-being. Dr. Kheira Jolin shares some advice on how to maintain your health and what some of the warning signs are that can mean you have an issue arising.
It seems we’re always talking about women’s health, but what about men’s health? One thing all men should be aware of is their prostate health. Prostate cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the U.S.; luckily, it tends to be curable if you catch it early enough. Dr. Kheira Jolin shares with us warning signs to look out for, and how to continually maintain your prostate health.
Signs and Symptoms
There are two kinds of symptoms; one is issues with storage. Frequent or involuntary urination, either during the day or at night. Another warning sign is issues with the stream, which could be anything from a slow or weak stream, to a hesitant stream, to uncharacteristic dribbling.
What’s the Next Step
The next step is to seek professional help, from your family doctor or at a walk-in clinic. It is germane to investigate matters of the prostate as soon as warning signs are noticed, in order not to diminish your chances at a full recovery. A doctor will likely do a digital rectal exam, which should only last a few seconds, and will give your doctor a better idea as to the state of the prostate.
What Could be Wrong
There are three major things that can go wrong with the prostate, the first one being if the prostate gets too big, which is extremely common in men over the age of 50. An enlarged prostate can gradually happen with age, and does not tend to indicate cancer. Another reason you could be experiencing issues with your prostate is if it happens to get infected, which could happen after a medical procedure, such as getting a catheter placed or removed. With an infection, the symptoms described above would be more rapid, and there also might be painful urination. The third, and most serious, reason you could be experiencing the above symptoms, is if you have prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is slow to progress, so there is a better chance of catching it and treating it before it becomes life-threatening.