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Points To Remember For Prostate Problems - 3rd April 2016

  • Common prostate problems are prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
  • Prostatitis is the most common prostate problem for men younger than age 50.
  • BPH is the most common prostate problem for men older than age 50.
  • Older men are at risk for prostate cancer, but it is much less common than BPH.
  • Because different prostate problems have similar symptoms, diagnosing the problem may require a series of medical exams and tests.
  • Medical tests to detect prostate problems include prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, urinalysis, urodynamic tests, cystoscopy, and abdominal ultrasound.
  • If prostate cancer is suspected, transrectal ultrasound with prostate biopsy is performed.
  • Some medical tests require no preparation, while others may require changes in diet and fluid intake or a stop of medications.
  • Some medical tests may be slightly uncomfortable. Others cause mild discomfort for a few hours after the procedure.
  • Some medical test results are available soon after the test, while other medical test results may take several days to come back.

Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health