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Don’t Hesitate to Learn About Your Prostate!

Sep 01, 2018 08:30AM ● By Jason Huddle

Don’t Hesitate to Learn About Your Prostate!

Prostate cancer is very common within the general population (impacting three million people annually). Most men diagnosed are above the age of 50 and their risk continues to increase with age.  

The prostate is a small walnut-sized gland that is located below the bladder. The prostate produces seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Cancer develops within this gland and varies in growth rates. Therefore, it is important to have annual prostate screening exams to ensure appropriate diagnosis and early detection.

Common signs of prostate issues that should be discussed with your physician include burning or pain during urination, difficulty urinating, increased frequent urges to urinate or loss of bladder control. Two initial tests used to detect prostate cancer are a digital rectal exam and a blood test measuring PSA (prostate-specific antigen). However, a true diagnosis can only be confirmed by a biopsy.

It is important to remember that these symptoms do not alone indicate prostate issues, as there could be other underlying causes for the symptoms. Should prostate issues be ruled out, it is important to do a regular medication review with your pharmacist. He or she can review the medications that are being taken, listen to concerns about any symptoms that are being experienced and determine if these are actual side effects. 

Early detection of prostate cancer and discussion of your current personal health always leads to better overall prostate health outcomes. There are many treatment options for prostate cancer, and successful treatment increases with early detection. It is so important for men to discuss their prostate health with their physician and pharmacist regularly, to include any supplements that may aid in prostate health. For prevention, engage in a healthy lifestyle that includes frequent exercise and a low-fat, balanced diet.

By Tyler Labauch, Pharmacist

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