What is the Prostate and What Function Does It Have
The prostate gland is a part of the male reproductive system. It is typically the size and shape of a walnut. It surrounds the urethra (the tube that men pass urine and semen through) and lies underneath the urinary bladder. The principal function of the prostate gland is to produce some of the seminal fluid that helps carry and nourish the sperm during ejaculation.
Statistics compiled by the American Cancer Society show that prostrate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer among men and is the sixth major cause of cancer deaths for men worldwide. It is probably needless to add here that knowledge and awareness about prostate secrets can help fight prostrate-related problems.
What Causes Prostate Cancer and other Issues
- Problems with the prostrate are usually common among men above 50, though inflammation of the prostate can also happen with younger men. The three most common prostrate problems are:
- An inflammation or infection in the prostate, called Prostatitis
- An enlarged prostate, termed Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH
- Prostate cancer
Prostatitis could be of three kinds~ Acute Bacterial Prostatitis, Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis and Chronic Prostatitis.
Acute Bacterial Prostatitis usually starts suddenly due to bacterial infection. Its symptoms include fever, chills, or pain. Urinating might be difficult with pain or blood in the urine.
Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis is basically when the bacterial infection recurs frequently. The symptoms are similar to Acute Bacterial Prostatitis.
Chronic Prostatitis, also known as Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS), is another form of portatitis that causes pain in the lower back, and sometimes the person may experience painful ejaculation. At times Choric Prostatitis can also be non-bacterial. Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis causes long-term pain and urinary symptoms, but is not caused by a bacterial infection.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly known as Prostate Enlargement, is very common in older men. Symptoms of BPH include frequent urge to urinate, especially at night, difficulty in starting and passing urine, a weak flow of urine, dribbling after urinating, or a feeling that your bladder has not emptied properly.
Though the specific cause of the problem is not known, prostate starts enlarging with age, and it is argued that it is mostly caused due to prolonged exposure to male hormones like testosterone.
Prostate cancer affects men between the ages of 50 to 70 years, though it is more common with men around 70 years of age. Prostate cancer usually does not show many symptoms in the initial stages. However, as the cancer grows, affected people may have trouble urinating, urinate very frequently, may feel pain or burning sensation while urinating, see traces of blood in urine or semen, experience pain in back, hips and pelvis and have painful ejaculations.
The causes could be varied – age, ethnicity or race, family history, and diet may pose a risk of prostate cancer. Men of an advanced age run a higher risk.
A history of prostate cancer in the family multiplies the risks of prostate cancer, meaning that if your father or brother had it, you stand a higher chance of being prone to it. Diet also plays a big role. Studies have indicated that diets high in trans fats with a low intake of vegetables, fruits and fiber enhance the chances of developing prostate cancer.
Treatment and Prevention of Prostate Issues
There are several natural remedies to treat prostate diseases like prostatitis, hyperplasia, and even prostate Cancer. The Prostate Secrets Report is a Drug-free natural health report that will give you the tools to get rid of prostate problems naturally once and for all.
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