The controversy over prostate cancer is covering a more widespread prostate problem affecting men of old age.
It is the benign swelling of the prostate that affects their waterworks.
Up to 50, nearly 50 per hundreds of thousands of men have problems directing water, and 80, nearly 80 percent carry the burden of it.
But according to the Medical Journal of Australia Insight on Monday, urologists are worried that men will not do this.
They are concerned that controversy over robotic prostate cancer surgery causes men to avoid it, its symptoms, and its impact on their quality of life and relationship.
Left untreated, this non-cancerous swelling, benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, can cause bladder and kidney problems and is associated with erectile dysfunction.
In earlier phases men find them. They often have to get up at night, apologize for meetings, have a seat in the cinema, and sometimes even find a tree on the golf course.
Your enlargement does not increase your chance of developing prostate cancer and although it is possible If treated with a variety of medicines, they can require surgery if they become heavy.
Fact of Life
The prospect of surgery is considered the main problem for men with regard to their prostate. But unlike cancer surgery, which removes the prostate, BPH surgery preserves it.
"Prostate aspects are a fact of life for men and are as relevant today as they have been over time," says Professor of Urology at Sydney Macquarie University, Bill Lynch, author of the cited Opinion in MJA Insight.
"From the days when the village eldest passed a pipe into the bubbles of men who could not be empty, becoming the must-have accessory for the right gentleman of the 19th century – namely the walking stick, the While often having a catheter for people with a blocked bladder – the prostate has significantly burdened men's lives. "
While not all men with BPH have symptoms, he currently says more than a million Australians have significant symptoms through this.
The prostate sits under the bladder and the tube that removes urine runs right through it.
When the prostate is swollen, it can cause urination problems and over time lead to complete inability to shed urine infections, kidney or bladder damage
Men experience different symptoms with varying degrees of disturbance. These include increased frequency and urgency of 24-hour urination, problems starting, maintaining and stopping urination, and a feeling of incomplete emptying.
"Maintaining the general health of the prostate is vital." All that is heart healthy, prostate is healthy, "says Professor Lynch
" A lifestyle and behavioral change to positively support the health of the prostate, should prove to be even more beneficial to the heart while helping to relieve men's fears. "
While BPH can not be prevented, there are several groups of oral medications that can help alone or in combination.
When it gets heavier, there are different types of surgical procedures that differ in invasiveness. Along with other urologists, he urges men with symptoms of BPH to talk to their family doctor.
Imagine Your Fears
There are two other factors that cause men to neglect their prostate health, says urologist and clinical professor of surgery at Melbourne University, Damien Bolton
There is a fear the finger test – the digital rectal exam – which many men will only undergo if symptoms really affect them. It remains part of the investigation.
The other is a reluctance regarding the PSA blood test, which measures the prostate-specific antigen. An elevated level could indicate cancer, BPH or prostatitis.
Following increased PSA, he says MRIs can usually eliminate cancer and calm down a man who has BPH and is likely to respond to medical treatment. Professor Bolton says men with BPH went straight to invasive surgery. "Now it 's upside down and most of them Men go for medical therapy first. "
"Men should not allow fear of a DRE or PSA to prevent them from seeking help with their urinary symptoms."
"But on the issues of prostate cancer, men should remember that a family history shows that they themselves are at increased risk and should not ignore the worsening of urinary symptoms or a rising PSA.