Prostate problems are very common in men over 50, but can start even earlier. Ranging from cancer to benign enlargement to inflammation – it’s important to see a consultant with specialist expertise in prostate disease.
Benign, or non-cancerous, enlargement of the prostate is very common in men over 50. The prostate enlarges as men get older & this can cause many urinary problems.
Prostate cancer now affects 1 in 8 men in the UK, making it the most common cancer in men but there are many new developments in treatment & diagnosis happening right now.
Prostatitis is not common but is a miserable condition for those affected by it. It causes a wide range of symptoms, particularly pain.
PSA, or Prostate Specific Antigen, is an enzyme made by the prostate. It is present in low levels in all men (except those who have had their prostate removed!).
Drug treatments can help many people with prostate problems, especially those with relatively mild symptoms. Drugs can be used to improve flow & reduce the size of the prostate.
Using a telescope system, the prostate is cut away from the inside and these chips of prostate tissue are then washed out and sent to be looked at for pathology examination.
This is a new procedure which avoids cutting through the prostate at all and hence there is no risk of bleeding.