Let’s face it guys, no one wants to have a prostate exam but it can save your life!
Men are often uncomfortable talking about prostate issues so you may not know where or what it’s role in the male body is. Located directly below the bladder ,it has various functions such as nourishing sperm, regulating urine flow as well has having a role in hormone production.
There are five different types of prostate cancer which is why EARLY DIAGNOSIS plays a key role in treatment options. Catching cancer early often allows for more choices for the treatment of the cancer. Early detection can often be found by prostate-specific-antigen (PSA) testing and digital rectal exam (DRE). Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms, however more advanced cancer can sometimes cause some of the symptoms listed below.
Some of these problems can more likely be caused by something other than cancer. For example, trouble urinating is much more often caused by BPH.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is common in men over 50, but it is not a precursor to cancer. Put simply is just an increase in the size of the prostate gland. Because it surrounds the urethra, prostate problems can affect urine flow. Prostate problems can cause problems with sexual function, urinary tract infections, and bladder stones.
To help protect yourself there are things you can do now to lower your risk.
In closing remember to get your regular checkup EARLY …. DON’T BE LATE TO SAVE YOUR PROSTRATE!
Prostate exams are covered if provided by an in-network provider at 100% out of network at 40% as a routine, once per year physical, and every 3 years after age 49 and more frequently if recommended by an Iron Road Network Provider.