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For Men Too – annual screenings highly recommended

It is standard practice for women to have an annual check-up with a gynaecologist. Why isn’t it obvious that men should do the same? The early treatment of warning symptoms could prevent the onset of serious health issues. Get that test done now! And then next year. And the year after…

Men under 35 or even 40 only visit the urologist if they experience problems in the restroom. The most common symptom at this age is the inflammation of the prostate gland. You should be alarmed if you have difficulty or feel pain urinating. If you neglect the problem and it goes untreated pain might set in around the lower back and lower abdomen. The root cause of the problem is the tissue structure of the prostate. This walnut-sized gland produces 90 percent of the semen, while sperms make up only 10 percent. Even the slightest excitement causes a rush of blood in the lower abdomen, which induces the prostate to secrete and store excess fluid. Naturally occurring bacteria in the stagnating secretion start to thrive on this fluid and multiply. Not only that but the fructose in the secretion starts to ferment over time and various proteins precipitate, feeding more bacteria, eventually aggravating into prostatitis – the inflammation of the prostate gland. Treatment is readily available and cures the symptoms efficiently. Mild cases can be successfully treated with herbal therapy – however, a specialist should be consulted first for proper indication!

GOOD TO KNOW

• Prostatitis can be latent, without palpable symptoms. Patients typically come to see the doctor with different problems and only a thorough check-up reveals the root cause. Hair loss and arthritic pain for instance often indicate hidden inflammation of the tonsils, the gallbladder, the ovaries or the prostate, and only a specialist can detect these inflammatory foci in the soft tissue.

• When bacteria are present in the prostate antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine are indicated.

• Tennis elbow and chronic shoulder pain could be linked to prostatitis, when antibodies – special blood protein that the immune system produces to neutralise antigens of intruding bacteria in the prostate gland – travels in the blood stream and precipitates in the joints.

DOCTOR’S ORDERS

Dr. Gábor Rosta, urologist, surgeon

The benign enlargement of the prostate is common in men over 50 and it starts with changing urinating habits. It is natural that sometimes you need to go to the toilet more often but when it is an issue whether you can get from A to B without finding a urinal on the way it is definitely time to see your urologist! There is a sharp increase in the incidence of prostate cancer above 70 but early detection dramatically improves the survival rate. Testicular cancer, however, is not that age specific and may occur in men under 30 as well. Prevention is crucial for successful treatment: inspect the testes in a hot shower once a month, looking for any noticeable difference in weight. Should you feel that one of the testicles is heavier, as if you could feel a “pebble” inside, immediately consult a urologist! The internet is a dangerous place to seek diagnosis and may do you more harm and cause unnecessary fear.