The prostate is part of the male reproductive system, located in-between the bladder and penis, just in front of the rectum. A normal prostate is about the size of a walnut. The primary function of the prostate is to make fluid for semen. Diet and exercise are vital for so many bodily organs, the prostate being one of them.
As a man ages, his chance of having prostate cancer increases. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men in the United States, aside from skin cancer. With the advancements in medicine and cancer screening, the rate of death as a result of prostate cancer is continually declining. Screenings such as a an International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), Digital Rectal Exam (DRE), or Prostate Ultrasound (Transrectal Ultrasound) coupled with a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood work and Prostate Biopsy are measures which doctors may use to help catch the detect an enlarged prostate (also known as Begin Prostate Hypertrophy or BPH) or prostate cancer.
Symptoms of an enlarged prostate:
-Urinary Frequency or Urgency
-Weak Urinary Stream
-Stop and Start In Urinary Stream
-Incomplete Bladder Emptying
Symptoms of prostatitis (infection or inflammation of prostate gland):
-Burning Upon Urination
-Blood In Ejaculate
-Pain In Lower Back
-Split Urinary Stream