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Prostate Problem Guide

Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

When it comes to men's health one thing which perhaps causes more problems than anything else is the arrival of the signs and symptoms of an enlarged prostate (swollen prostate) and this is one experience which almost all men will go through as prostate enlargement strikes about 90% of men at some point in their lives.

The arrival of enlarged prostate symptoms naturally conjures up a vision of prostate cancer and, while cancer does strike many men, in the vast majority of cases, enlargement of the prostate gland is quite benign and indeed is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Enlargement of the prostate is nothing more than part of the normal ageing process and for many men it becomes nothing more than something of an annoyance which they simply learn to live with. For others however it becomes more than a simple nuisance and does require treatment. In all cases however it is vitally important that you call into your local health center and consult your doctor so that the necessary tests can be carried out.

It the symptoms you are experiencing are the result of an infections (such as a urinary tract infection) then this can often be cleared up quickly and easily with a course of medication. If the problem is simple benign prostatic hyperplasia then your health can be monitored and treatment given if and when both you and your doctor feel that it is necessary. But, most importantly, if the problem is prostatic cancer then you need to catch this early so that it can be quickly and effectively treated before it begins to spread outside of the prostate gland.

As with many diseases it is possible to develop prostate problems without experiencing any real symptoms. However, where enlarged prostate symptoms are present they may well include the following:

  • Problems urinating.
    • An inability to urinate at all.
    • Difficulty controlling urine flow.
    • Frequent urination.
    • Frequent visits to the bathroom at night.
    • A weak flow of urine.
    • An intermittent flow of urine.
    • Pain or a burning sensation when urinating.
  • Problems achieving or maintaining an erection.
  • The presence of blood in the urine or semen.
  • Pain in the lower back, upper thigh or hips.

If you are experiencing what you believe to be the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and would prefer not to see your own doctor then you should visit a urologist (a doctor specializing in diseases of the urinary system) at your local hospital.

Additional Reading:

7 Common Prostate Symptoms That Should Not Be Ignored

Prostate Cancer Symptoms That Are All Too Often Ignored

Prostate Problems - From A Mere Inconvenience To Life Threatening

Further information on prostate symptoms:

9 Early Signs of Prostate Cancer - Newsmax

9 Early Signs of Prostate Cancer
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Ken Griffey Sr., Jr., take a crack at prostate cancer - Fox News

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Ken Griffey Sr., Jr., take a crack at prostate cancer
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