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OldCouple_shutterstock_85008562Most younger men don’t spend a lot of time considering the health of their prostate. However, around the age of 50, they’ll likely find that their physicians want to check out prostate health both physically and through blood work known as a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. The PSA is not a perfect test, but it’s still used to help detect prostate cancer since there aren’t many alternatives.

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is meant to increase the knowledge about possible prostate problems and make certain that men get checked out regularly.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a small organ located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It wraps around the urethra (the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body). As men age, the prostate tends to grow larger which can eventually cause any number of health issues including urine retention, but it can become cancerous, as well.

Non-cancer-related problems with the prostate

Benign prostatic hyperplasia: A common problem with older men is something called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). What this means is that your prostate is enlarged but not cancerous. This enlargement can cause serious issues with urination.

There are treatments to manage BPH including simply watching under the supervision of your doctor. As long as you don’t have significant problems with urination and are checked at least annually, this might be enough.

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