Treatments For Enlarged Prostate Gland Problems

August 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer may be the most well-known and deadly condition that affects the prostate gland, but it is not necessarily the most common disease of the prostate. There are various other disorders that occur in the organ, such as prostatitis and BPH; and watching out for them and treating them also are required for the best of prostate health.

BPH -benign prostate hypertrophy- is actually regarded by the medical community as the most common disease to the prostate gland because it affects about 80% of men in the 70-80 year old range. As its name suggests it is a benign growth of the organ that causes the prostate to increase in size from less than 20g to about 150g, which is an immense change. It thereby results in an interruption in the flow of fluid through the urethra because of the blockage caused by the enlarged prostate. Treatment is often effected by a transurethral resection of the prostate, a simple surgical procedure that requires the cutting away of the excess tissue.

There are two types of prostatitis – bacterial and nonbacterial. The latter is more common and may be caused by bacteria present in the middle of the prostate, but which cannot be seen or detected by conventional diagnostic techniques. Antibiotics and antispasmodics are the most common treatments for the disease, although medications that relax the muscle in the prostate are less commonly administered. Bacterial prostatitis on the other hand may be caused by a bacterial infection in the prostate gland and may be sexually transmitted. Antibiotics treat it most commonly, although it may be impossible to completely cure the infection and the patient has to live with the symptoms for life.

Prostate cancer does not have any clear origins either, beyond a number of risk factors that include age, genetics, race, diet, lifestyle, and medications. Treating this cancer follows a pattern that several other forms of cancer do ? surgery, radiation, hormonal treatments, chemotherapy, and such the like. All of the treatments are successful too, to some degree, but fraught with side effects. In addition, nothing can guarantee that the cancer will not relapse.

Although not all of the symptoms are the same, several of them are similar for all these prostate disorders, and they include pain in urination and frequent urinating. Blood may also appear in urine, with discomfort during and after urination. Maintaining prostate health should not wait however for something to go wrong, but should begin with preventive measures such as the right kind of medications, the right kind of diet, and certainly some exercise.

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