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The Prostate and You

The Prostate and You www.med.unc.edu
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The prostate is a big deal. Learn more about it!

  Conditions Affecting The Prostate

Common conditions affecting the prostate include:

Prostatitis: Infection or inflammation of the prostate due to infection or other underlying conditions. Treatments include but are not limited to: antibiotics, alpha blockers, pain meds, and prostate massage.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): Enlargement of the prostate. There is not currently a cure for BPH, though there are many ways to help with symptoms: Transurethral Microwave Therapy, Transurethral Needle Ablation, and a very popular (and moderately effective) herbal treatment - Saw Palmetto.

Prostate Cancer: Obviously, it is cancer of the prostate. Treatments include: Surgery, Radiation therapy, Hormone therapy, Chemotherapy, and Biologic therapy. I will be writing an additional article specifically on prostate cancer to explain methods of detection and go more in depth into treatment options and different symptoms one may experience.

  In Closing

I hope to have taught you some things you may not have known before reading. I generally try to close my articles with some feel good tagline, and while I easily could, I believe the prostate should be taken very seriously (but also enjoyed. If you have any questions about parts of your anatomy, never be afraid to speak to a doctor, or even leave a message in the comments below. I am not a doctor, but if I can help someone learn more about a condition or something they would like to explore, I am always willing to help.

Remember: Sex isn't nasty, and there is nothing to be ashamed of in asking for more information about your health or ways to enjoy sex more.

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