Baseball is and forever will be the National Pastime. Football is the most popular sport in the nation right now and basketball has a huge following as well, but neither of them, and no other sport, quite captures the conscience of the nation quite the way baseball does. As such, it should come as no surprise that baseball honors Father’s Day each year with blue-painted bats and a donation to prostate cancer. In keeping with that spirit, here are six things you’ll want to know about dealing with a prostate adenoma.
1. The Prostate Itself: To begin with, you’re going to want some preliminary information on the nature of the prostate itself. The organ forms an integral part of your reproductive system and, as such is located opposite the general vicinity of your other reproductive organs. A healthy, full-grown prostate should be roughly the size of a walnut and produces alkaline fluid which is necessary for the healthy upkeep of your body in general and reproductive system in particular. However, even with a healthy diet and regular inspections, prostates are still liable to expand over the course of your life—a phenomenon known as “benignant hyperplasia”—leading it to become especially noticeable in some areas. Finally, age is one of the greatest determiners when it comes to both the size and nature of your prostate—age generally allows the prostate to grow larger, and as it increases, your chances of either contracting prostate cancer or else suffering from a urethra problem as the prostate glands choke off other parts of your “internal plumbing” are correlatively increased. Prostate growth proceeds through three stages—a microscopic phase, macroscopic phase, and finally, should prostate problems manifest, a clinical stage.
2. Prostate Problems: Prostate cancer is a leading killer among American men. According to cancer.org, as many as 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer are likely to be diagnosed in the coming year. Recent medical trends and statistics show that roughly one out of every six men are likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Elderly men are especially vulnerable; roughly 6 of every 10 diagnosed cases of prostate cancer are for men aged 65 or older. However, there is hope—over 2.5 million men who have suffered from prostate cancer are still alive today. In addition, some cases of prostate cancer result in an adenoma…
3. Understanding Adenomas: To begin with, an adenoma is a tumor which is benign in nature which arise in a glandular area, such as the prostate. However, adenomas may, in time, grow larger or else grow to become malignant. As such, you’ll still want to regularly check on the growth (or lack thereof) of your adenoma. As with most prostate-related diagnoses, adenomas effect a large group of people—as much as 50% of the male population in America will, at some point in their lives, develop an adenoma.
4. Causes: There are a wide variety of causes and contributing factors which can result in your prostate enlarging or even developing a full-blown adenoma. As stated, one of the most prominent and time-tested causes of adenoma is age. Your prostate naturally grows over time which, as stated, can eventually result in both prostate cancer or else your prostate growing to such a size that it can create problems urinating or when attempting to urinate. If you have a family history of prostate cancer you may be especially vulnerable and should schedule an appointment with your doctor. On the other hand, reduced activity from your pituitary gland or a vasectomy can lessen these chances.
5. Symptoms: As previously stated, one of the most pronounced effects of prostate growth—cancerous or otherwise—is the effect it has on your urethra and bladder. As such, one of the tell-tale symptoms of an enlarged prostate is urination—if urinating is becoming more difficult, or if you’re urinating more frequently and yet still not feeling completely “empty” afterward, you may well have a prostate problem. Other symptoms include frequent trips to the bathroom in the evening, incontinence, dysuria (that is, a feeling of burning pain while urinating) and hematuria (blood being present in your urine.)
6. Prevention and Treatment: Your diet can have a definite impact on the overall health of your prostate. You’ll want to enjoy healthy, all-natural foods, such as zucchini and other vitamin-rich veggies, and drink green tea and other natural antioxidants. You’ll also want to put as little natural stress on your prostate as possible, and so anything that might add stress on your bladder might be avoided. If your condition is serious enough, you may want to look into an adenomectomy, which is exactly what it sounds like—namely, a surgery to remove an adenoma which has grown either too large or too dangerous. Another possibility is Transurethral electro-vaporization.