Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer are the two most commonly occurring prostate problem in older men. The prostate gland is a compound exocrine gland of the male reproductive system. It is located between the bladder and penis in front of the rectum.
Prostate gland serves as the “pass-through” station for urine and semen before leaving the body. Without the proper function of the prostate, men can potentially experience prostate and impotence problems.
Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction in men over 50. Erectile dysfunction affects over 91% of people in the United States. Also, it is the main cause of sexual disability and poor sex drive in several men worldwide.
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the United States. It affects approximately 1 in 6 men and is 35% more common in men than breast cancer in women.
Prostate cancer often requires prostatectomy. This is a surgical removal of the prostate and some of the surrounding tissue. While this surgery is necessary to treat the cancer, it can have a devastating effect on a man’s sexual function.
The penis requires a healthy nerve function and adequate blood flow in order to erect. During prostatectomy, nerves on either side of the prostate can suffer from trauma. Additionally, veins can also lose their ability to trap blood in the penis, which is important for achieving healthy erections.
Recent studies show that up to 90% of post-prostatectomy patients experience prostate problems and erectile dysfunction temporarily. The potential damage to erectile function can vary based on the extent of the cancer.
On the other hand, men can perhaps improve sexual function after prostatectomy. However, chances may vary from one case to another.
While prostate cancer is among the most common, other prostate and impotence problems are far more common than we believe. Prostatitis is one of the most common prostate problems among men of various ages.
Prostatitis is a bacterial inflammation of the prostate gland often results in benign prostatic hyperplasia. Also, prostatitis can be acute, chronic or asymptomatic to some patients.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate and is the leading cause of incontinence and prostatitis impotence in men over the age of 50. As men age, the prostate continues to grow and can tighten around the urethra.
BPH can result into serious symptoms such as urgency incontinence, urinary hesitancy, urinary frequency and hematuria. Although men with prostate cancer often have an enlargement of the prostate, the presence of BPH does not mean you have prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is a serious issue that requires prompt attention from a medical professional. Regular visits including medical screening can help prevent potential cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer.