Women know more about men's health than men do themselves and that's a fact. Why is that? Is it because we find it hard to discuss these things? Is it because it's not macho! From time that we are young, we are taught that boys have to act tough and shouldn't cry. You must have heard saying "Big Boys don't cry!"
Most of us carry this thought process into adulthood and feel by showing concern for our health, it will be seen as a male weakness. I am guilty of that myself.
I know when my prostate troubles began, I knew absolutely nothing about prostate. I was one of 96%. Mainly because it didn't cross my mind that I'd ever have any problems.
In addition, prostate is in a "private" area, and it wasn't something I wanted to examine. Many people, including myself, feel uncomfortable talking about prostate, since gland plays a role in both sex and urination.
I have had prostate troubles, survived a cancer scare and watched my sister die from Cancer. Believe me, when I say that when you think you are going to die, it concentrates your mind on what is really important. Suddenly your priorities get focused.
Due to my prostate troubles, I became interested in learning about prostate and how it affected my health.
I cried day they took a biopsy and I cried with relief day I was told it was benign. I cried many times as I watched my sister die.
I got so frustrated having to get up every night 3-4 times due to my prostate troubles and then finding I couldn't get back to sleep.
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate Cancer develops by growth of cancerous cells within prostate gland. Prostate cancer occurs when some of cells that make up prostate gland escape from normal controls on their growth and start to divide, grow and spread in an uncontrolled manner. In its advanced form, it can produce same symptoms as BPH. (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
Early prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms. When symptoms of prostate cancer do occur, they may include some of following problems:
A need to urinate frequently, especially at night; Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine; Inability to urinate; Weak or interrupted flow of urine; Painful or burning urination; Painful ejaculation; Blood in urine or semen; and/or Frequent pain or stiffness in lower back, hips, or upper thighs.
Any of these symptoms may be caused by cancer or by other, less serious health problems, such as BPH or an infection (Prostatitis). Only a doctor can tell cause. A man who has symptoms like these should see his family doctor . Do not wait to feel pain; early prostate cancer does not cause pain.