Prostate Disease

Men's Prostate Overview

The prostate is a gland found in males which secretes fluids to aid in the production and nourishment of semen. Development of the prostate is continuous into adulthood and is promoted by male hormones, specifically testosterone. Conditions involving the prostate gland are common and are typical with age progression.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancer found in males. The risk of the disease increases with age, and progression of the cancer may be quite slow. Some patients may not even be aware they have the condition until diagnosed by a doctor.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer may be so minimal that they go unnoticed or overlooked by the patient. Please check with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Traces of blood in urine or semen
  • Body aches specifically in the lower back or hip region

These symptoms can also be present in patients with other prostate conditions such as:

  • Prostatitis - An inflammation of the prostate affecting a large population of males over the age of 50. Men below the age of 20 are not usually affected by Prostatitis. Common symptoms are painful or burning urination, problems with urination, body chills, and fever.
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) - A condition, also referred to as having an "enlarged prostate", which appears when the prostate continues to grow larger than usual in older males. It causes extra pressure to be put on the urethra. Symptoms include difficult and painful urination.

Who is at risk for Prostate Cancer?

Risk factors for Prostate Cancer include:

  • Age: Age is the greatest risk factor for Prostate Cancer. The chance of being diagnosed increases dramatically after age 50. In fact 65% of all diagnoses are found in men over the age of 65.
  • Family history: It is not uncommon for more than one male family member to be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. The likelihood of developing the disease doubles when present in an immediate male family member.
  • Diet: The exact role of diet in prostate cancer is not clear, but several factors have been studied. Men who eat large amounts of red meat or high-fat dairy products seem to have a greater chance of developing prostate cancer. These men also tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables. Doctors are not sure which of these factors causes the risk to increase.
  • Race: For unknown reasons, prostate cancer is more common among African-American men than among men of other races. African-American men are also more likely to have an advanced disease diagnosed. Prostate cancer occurs less often in Asian-American and Hispanic/Latino men than in non-Hispanic men. The reasons for these racial and ethnic disparities are not clear.
  • Exercise: Exercise has not been shown to reduce prostate cancer risk in most studies, but some studies have found that high levels of physical activity, particularly in older men, may lower the risk of advanced prostate cancer. More research in this area is needed.
  • Infection and inflammation of the prostate: Some studies have suggested that Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland) may be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, but other studies have not found such a link. Some researchers have also considered how being infected with a sexually transmitted disease may increase the risk of prostate cancer. So far, no firm conclusions have been reached.

Conventional Treatments of the Prostate

Conventional treatment for prostate conditions includes a number of radical and sometimes extreme procedures in conjunction with prescription medications. Patients who are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer may go through a surgical procedure called a Prostatectomy to remove a portion of the prostate or in some cases the whole prostate. The healing process is lengthy and includes the insertion of a catheter for up to two weeks after surgery. Some patients may be subjected to radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or laser procedures.

Patients Medical Prostate Treatment

At Patients Medical, we strongly believe in the use of natural supplements, herbal remedies, and IV Therapy to strengthen the body and immune system, giving it the vigor it needs to ward off any outside attacks without radical procedures, surgery, or the potential side effects of drugs. Our holistic physicians and experienced medical staff can partner with you in developing and regulating a balanced lifestyle and diet to help improve many prostate conditions and their symptoms. Patients Medical provides a combination of conventional medicine and alternative medicine. Our focus is to provide customized treatment plans that use natural remedies when possible that are safe, yet effective. Treatment for prostate conditions may include (but is not limited to):

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