All right fellas, let’s be honest someone could be a little bit shy when talking about sexual health with your doctor. Maybe you are just too embarrassed to talk about it all. Maybe it is a bravado thing. But if you are a lady, and your guy is having a sexual issue, it may not be normal like the guy might think it is. And there is a very good chance actually that it can be treated.
One of the things on the men’s health side of the equation that it seems like has garnered more attention lately than ever before is prostate care, prostate health, prostate cancer. First of all, let’s put out by definition out there, what the prostate do?
The prostate gland is a gland that is around the urethra. Circles in urethra contribute to the seminal fluid. And because it is intimately associated with the urethra. It is a place where if it becomes inflamed, if it grows slowly over time as prostates do, then it can cause problems with urination. It is involved in the reproductive process, but it seems that in the media, in commercials, etc., we hear about it more often about difficulty urinating. And that is because it does grow over time. And so this is a very typical problem of older men, they notice that it is harder to start the stream of urine, and it takes them longer. And we see commercials about it. So just know it is a very common cause and not to be embarrassed to talk about.
It is also gland that of course we hear lot about because of cancer. And that is the same thing if you live long enough it is one of those cancers that you certainly can get.
A couple of interesting things about prostate cancer, one is that there’s actually they are working on a vaccine for cancer. So there are clinical trials right now, so we may see that on the news.
Contrary to popular belief, I have to protect the ladies, getting a vasectomy does not increase the risk of getting prostate cancer. Increase the number and frequency evacuations do not decrease the risk of it.
If you have a family history on the women’s side of your family of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, your risk of prostate cancer goes up. That is entirely correct. That is very very important. Remember those genes that cause breast, and ovarian cancer are the same genes that are carried by men. So if there is a family history of prostate cancer before the age of 50, that is something that needs to be brought to the attention of a physician.