Prostate Problems

Prostate Problem Symptoms

Frequent urination, difficulty urinating, and inability to urinate are just a few symptoms of enlarged prostate (BPH), a common prostate problem.

Quick GuideEnlarged Prostate (BPH) Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Prostate problems facts*

*Prostate problems facts medical author: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

  • Prostate problems are common in men after age 50.
  • The prostate is a gland that is a part of the male reproductive system that wraps around the male urethra near the bladder.
  • Common problems are benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis, and chronic prostatitis (non-bacterial).
  • Prostate cancer is common in men over 50, especially in African Americans and in men who eat fatty food and/or have a father or brother with prostate cancer.
  • Prostate cancer is definitively diagnosed by tissue biopsy; initial studies may include a rectal exam, ultrasound, and assessment of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
  • Treatments for prostate cancer may include surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy.
  • Many, but not all, doctors believe male patients under the age of 75 should have yearly PSA tests.
  • Identifying prostate problems early is a way to reduce future prostate problems; symptoms include frequent urination, blood in urine, painful urination, dribbling urination, inability to urinate, painful ejaculation, and pain in back, hips, thighs, pelvis and/or rectum.

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