Prostate health continues to be a concern for all men as we get older. As the prostate ages, there is the potential for problems to develop. At the very least all men need to pay attention to the possibility of prostate disease occurring. Commonly, the things to monitor for include: infection, enlargement of the prostate, a rising PSA blood level and of course cancer. Infection, usually is associated with pain in the prostate area and can easily be treated with antibiotics. Enlargement of the prostate also known as Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is commonly associated with urinary frequency, hesitancy and urinary frequency at night that interferes with sleep quality. When needed, medications can be helpful to treat this condition.
Most concerning among prostate problems is prostate cancer. As we men age this is an increasing concern. In many cases, there will be no symptoms to warn about this. This is why it is very important to have routine doctor visits and lab testing to monitor your prostate health.
Starting at age 40 or as directed by your doctor make sure to obtain an annual PSA level check.
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Darryl A. Hill, M.D.FACP