Helping You with Prostate
The prostate is a compound tubuloalveolar exocrine gland of the male reproductive system. The function of the prostate is to secrete a slightly alkaline fluid, milky or white in appearance, that usually constitutes roughly 30% of the volume of the semen, along with spermatozoa and seminal vesicle fluid. There can be complications with your prostate due to enlargement of the organ, cancer, or an infection.
Many prostate conditions can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. However, they are not always life-threatening. In fact, most prostate diseases are noncancerous. The two most common benign (noncancerous) prostate diseases are prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as an enlarged prostate. When the condition is benign, it means that the enlargement is not caused by cancer or by infection. This condition is quite common as you age; around 50% of men will experience an enlarged prostate by age 50 and around 90% of men report symptoms by age 85.
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer experienced by American men, the first being skin cancer. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. The American Cancer Society estimates that there were about 238,590 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2013. About one in six men will be diagnosed with this condition throughout their lifetimes.
Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. It is estimated that around 50% of men will experience symptoms of an inflamed prostate in their lifetime. Prostatitis can be split into four distinct categories: acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial, nonbacterial prostatitis, and prostatodynia.