What is Prostate Problems
Prostate problems are common; 1 in 5 men will develop prostatic symptoms and 1 in 6 will develop prostate cancer, which is now the most frequent cancer in men. At London Urology our One Stop Prostate Clinic specialises in the treatment of prostate problems, using advanced surgical therapies and intervention. Promotion of male health and prostate screening means that success rates of surgical intervention are increasing.
Often an enlarged prostate does not cause any problems but if symptoms occur, these include:
- Weak urine flow
- Hesitancy in emptying the bladder
- Feeling your bladder is not empty after you have been to the toilet
- Frequency in passing urine
As the prostate enlarges, the layer of tissue surrounding it stops it from expanding, causing the gland to press against the urethra.
- Age: Men age 50 and older run a greater risk.
- Race: Prostate cancer is most common among African-American men.
- Family history: If your father or brother has had prostate cancer, you are more likely to have it, too.
- Diet: Eating high-fat food with few fruits and vegetables may raise your risk.
A doctor will examine your prostate and take blood and urine tests to check the function of your kidneys and rule out other potential problems. A specialist may use cystoscopy, a special telescope to examine the bladder and you may have a scan to examine the prostate and bladder, and a urine flow test to assess the blockage.
Surgery is not always necessary and some patients may just need regular monitoring of the condition. Medication may be used to relax the muscle tissue around the bladder, depending on the individual patient. Most people will notice an improvement within days.