In the early stages of life, many males don’t give their prostate a second thought. However, as you get older, the health of your prostate matters more. This is especially true if you have unknown risk factors for prostate cancer and other diseases.
At Urology Specialist Group, our highly skilled urology team provides a range of services to keep your prostate healthy and functioning optimally. We offer preventive screenings and customized treatment plans for enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, and other conditions.
An overview of the prostate
Your prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits at the base of your bladder. The gland is responsible for producing the fluid that protects and nourishes your sperm. The muscles in your prostate gland also keep your bladder closed to keep urine from leaking out.
Keeping your prostate healthy typically involves following a good diet to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function optimally. You also need daily exercise to support healthy blood circulation in the prostate and throughout the rest of your body.
Unfortunately, even with a healthy lifestyle, some men are more susceptible to prostate issues. For this reason, it’s important that all men stay informed about prostate health and get the preventive screenings they need to prevent complications from cancer and other diseases.
3 things you might not know about your prostate
There are several important things all men should know about their prostate and their risk for prostate-related complications. Here are the top three facts our team wants you to be aware of:
1.Warning signs of an unhealthy prostate
There are several warning signs that your prostate gland isn’t functioning as well as it should. These signs can include increased need to urinate, weak urine stream, and persistent pelvic pressure.
Because these symptoms can be easy to ignore or dismissed as symptoms of other conditions, many men live with prostate issues that go unchecked.
Any time you notice changes in your urine flow or urination frequency, it’s better to err on the side of caution and schedule a prostate exam. Our urologists provide comprehensive exams to identify potential issues before they become major complications.
2. Age-related risk factors for prostate conditions
Getting older can cause noticeable changes in your prostate health. Many men experience an enlargement in their prostate gland in later stages of life that may or may not cause complications.
However, younger men can also develop benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). BPH describes an enlargement in the prostate that can lead to urinary difficulties and persistent pain.
BPH is treatable with lifestyle changes and minimally invasive procedures, especially when identified in the earliest stages.
3. Importance of prostate cancer screenings
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Even if you don’t have a family history of prostate cancer or other cancer risk factors, you still need to start scheduling routine screenings by age 40.
Our urology team can assess your prostate health regularly to identify early warning signs of cancer before it worsens or spreads to other areas. We offer prostate exams and blood tests in-office as part of our preventive screening process.
In the event your test results show cancer-related changes, our team can customize a care plan for prostate cancer that includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and other cancer treatments.
If you already have symptoms of a prostate condition, don’t put off a diagnostic evaluation any longer. Call the Urology Specialist Group office in Miami Lakes or Hialeah, Florida, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.