What you need to know about prostate problems

June is Men’s Health Month and Turenne PharMedCo would like to show our support for the importance of keeping men physically and mentally well. Established in 1994 by Senate Joint Resolution 179, this month raises awareness about preventable health issues and encourages early treatment and detection of disease among men and boys. Prostate problems are common health issues that older men face. Ranging from the benign to the deadly, prostate problems can greatly impact a man’s overall health and quality of life.

The prostate is a small gland in men that helps make semen. Located just below the bladder in front of the rectum, it wraps around the urethra which allows urine and semen to exit the body. It tends to grow larger as men age. If the prostate gets too large, it can cause a number of health issues such as difficulty urinating or incontinence. Prostate problems usually occur after the age of 50. According to the National Institute on Aging, some non-cancer prostate problems include:

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. This condition means the prostate is enlarged but not cancerous.

Acute bacterial prostatitis. It usually starts suddenly from a bacterial infection. It causes fever, chills or pain in addition to prostate symptoms. Most cases can be cured with antibiotics.

Chronic bacterial prostatitis. It is a rare and recurrent infection that can be hard to treat. Long-term antibiotics may prove effective.

Chronic prostatitis. It is a common prostate problem that can cause pain in the lower back, in the groin or at the tip of the penis. Treatment may require a combination of medicines, surgery and lifestyle changes.

Symptoms of prostate problems
• Frequent urge to urinate
• Getting up many times during the night to urinate
• Blood in urine
• Pain or burning sensation during urination
• Frequent pain or stiffness in lower back, hips, pelvic or rectal area or upper thighs
• Overflow incontinence or dribbling of urine

Prostate cancer
According to a 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the No. 2 cause of death for men age 65 and older is cancer. A 2019 report by the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the United States this year. Risk factors for developing this cancer include age. Prostate cancer is commonly found in men over the age of 65, according to the society. Race, having an immediate male relative with the disease and eating a high-fat diet are also risk factors. Prostate cancer is more likely among African-American men. The society’s report states that, “Black men in the US and the Caribbean have the highest documented prostate cancer incidence rates in the world.”

In its early stages, the disease usually has no symptoms. As it advances, it will share symptoms of benign prostate conditions such as weak or interrupted urine flow, difficulty starting or stopping urine flow, increased frequency of need to urinate, blood in the urine or pain or burning with urination. In the late stages, prostate cancer commonly spreads to the bones, which can cause pain in the hips, spine, ribs and other areas. Treatment for this disease depends on the location of the cancer, the man’s age and his overall health. Options include active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy and hormone therapy to suppress testosterone. Treatments such as surgery and radiation can lead to urinary incontinence. Personal care products such as incontinence pads and briefs help provide an effective and dignified solution.

Turenne PharMedCo Medical Supply Services is a quality-driven provider of medical supply solutions proudly serving the full continuum of post-acute care nationwide. We offer a wide variety of personal care products for incontinence and we work to ensure our services and solutions are customizable to our customers’ needs. To learn more, click here

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