Signs of Prostate Problems and What They Can Indicate

Jennifer G Health Guide
  • Sometimes figuring out if you have a prostate problem can be a tricky maze. My own father had NO symptoms, but he was over the age of 70 and his new primary care doctor gave him a blood test as part of a battery of bloodwork. He was quickly diagnosed with prostate cancer. But for many men, trouble with urination and ejaculation and/or pain can signal a prostate problem. Here are the facts:

     

    There are various prostate conditions that may or may not exhibit symptoms.  *Less than half of men with prostate problems (including prostate cancer) will have symptoms, and some of the most common prostate symptoms include:

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    • straining to urinate
    • difficulty in starting to urinate
    • weak stream
    • incomplete bladder emptying
    • inability to urinate
    • urinary dribbling
    • painful urination
    • blood in urine
    • frequent urination or strong urgencies
    • incontinence
    • difficulty in having an erection
    • painful ejaculations

    What These Symptoms Can Indicate:

     

    Your doctor can determine if you have a prostate abnormality based on your exhibited symptoms. There are several common prostate conditions and they can require different approaches to diagnosis and treatment:

     

    Acute or Chronic Prostatitis

     

    These conditions are caused by bacterial infections in the prostate. Acute or chronic infections are the most common prostate problem for men under the age of 50. Acute infections have rapid onsets with painful urination whereas chronic infections can be more subtle but also more difficult to treat.

     

    Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

     

    This condition, also known as an enlarged prostate, is the most common prostate issue for men over the age of 50.  BPH can cause the prostate to block the flow of urine through the urethra, making urination hesitating or frequent.

     

    Prostate Cancer

     

    Cancer of the prostate often presents with no early symptoms and it is one of the most common forms of cancer in American men.  However, early intervention leads to high treatment rates.


    *For further reference:  MedicineNet.com and SymptomsOfProstateProblems.com (both accessed 6/13/10)

Published On: June 18, 2010