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Prostate Health

This information is about prostate health, an important aspect of men's well-being as they age. Our objective is to provide clear and concise guidance to aid in understanding the complexities of prostate health, identifying contributing factors to its maintenance, and exploring effective strategies for promoting prostate health and addressing potential issues that may arise.

What is Prostate Health? 

Prostate health refers to the well-being of the prostate gland, a small walnut-sized gland located below the bladder in men. The prostate plays a crucial role in reproductive function, producing fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. 

Symptoms: 

Symptoms of prostate issues can vary, but common signs include: 

  • Frequent urination, especially at night 

  • Difficulty starting or maintaining urination 

  • Weak urine flow or dribbling 

  • Pain or burning during urination 

  • Blood in the urine or semen 

  • Erectile dysfunction 

  • Pain or discomfort in the pelvic area, lower back, or thighs

Causes:

The prostate can cause problems when it enlarges, becomes inflamed or abnormal cells cause cancer. 

  • Prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH): Non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland, which can obstruct urine flow and cause urinary symptoms. 

  • Prostatitis: Inflammation or infection of the prostate gland, often caused by bacteria. 

  • Prostate cancer: Abnormal growth of cells in the prostate gland, which can lead to urinary symptoms, erectile dysfunction, or other issues. 

Prostate Assessment: 

Diagnosing prostate issues may involve: 

  • Medical history: Discussion of symptoms, urinary habits, sexual function, and family history. 

  • Physical examination: Digital rectal examination (DRE) to assess the size, shape, and texture of the prostate gland. 

  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test: A blood test to measure levels of PSA, a protein produced by the prostate gland that may be elevated in prostate conditions. 

  • Imaging tests: Ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans to visualize the prostate gland and assess for abnormalities. 

  • Biopsy: Tissue sample taken from the prostate gland to diagnose prostate cancer. 

Treatment & Medications: 

Treatment for prostate issues depends on the underlying cause and may include: 

  • Medications to relieve urinary symptoms associated with BPH. 

  • Antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. 

  • Surgery: Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) or other surgical procedures to remove prostate tissue or treat prostate cancer. 

  • Radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or chemotherapy may be recommended for prostate cancer. 

Prognosis: 

The prognosis for prostate health varies depending on the specific condition and how early it is diagnosed and treated. Many prostate issues can be effectively managed with proper medical care, leading to improved quality of life. 

How Bondi Road Doctors Can Help: 

At Bondi Road Doctors, we offer comprehensive care for prostate health. Our experienced healthcare providers can assess your symptoms, perform necessary tests and screenings, and develop personalized treatment plans to address your needs. 

Whether you're experiencing urinary symptoms, concerns about prostate cancer, or other prostate-related issues, we're here to provide compassionate care and support.  

To let us help you maintain a healthy prostate for years to come, and ensure you receive the best care for prostate issues, our experienced doctors are available for appointments. The following doctors have a particular interest in the condition: 

Dr. David Kriukelis - Book Now 

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