Movember - Mens Health Awareness Month
Welcome to our page dedicated to men's prostate health. Here, you will find valuable information about prostate cancer and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), two common conditions that affect men's prostate health. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive information to help you understand these conditions, symptoms to look out for, preventative measures and available treatment options.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men worldwide. It occurs when abnormal cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment, as prostate cancer is often asymptomatic in its early stages. Some of the common symptoms include:
Blood in the urine or semen,
Pain in the lower back, hips, or pelvis
Regular screening tests, such as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal examination (DRE), can help in early detection. Treatment options for prostate cancer include surgery, laser ablative therapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. It is essential to consult with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and outline your personalised treatment plan.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that affects 1 in 2 men over the age of 50. It occurs when the prostate gland grows in size and puts pressure on the urethra, leading to urinary problems including:
Weak urine flow
Difficulty starting and/or stopping urination
The feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
While BPH is not cancerous, it can significantly impact a man's quality of life. Treatment options for BPH include medication, minimally invasive procedures such as EchoLaser TPLA, and surgery. A healthcare professional can help determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on the severity of symptoms and individual preferences.
Preventive Measures and Lifestyle Changes
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and manage the symptoms of BPH. Regular exercise, a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, limited alcohol consumption, and avoiding tobacco products are all beneficial for prostate health. Additionally, certain dietary supplements and medications may aid in maintaining prostate health, but it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new regimen.
Remember, early detection, timely intervention, and healthy lifestyle choices play a crucial role in maintaining optimal prostate health. If you have any concerns or questions, we encourage you to consult with your doctor who can give personalised advice and guidance.
Stay informed and take care of your prostate health!