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Prostate Health: Signs, Prevention & Screening Recommendations for Prostate Issues

By Dr. Abhay Kalra in Laparoscopic / Minimal Access Surgery , Robotic Surgery , Urology , Kidney Transplant , Uro-Oncology

Jun 14 , 2024 | 1 min read

Maintaining prostate health is important for overall well-being, especially as men age. The prostate is a small gland that plays a vital role in male reproductive health, so understanding how to keep it healthy is important.

Signs of Prostate Issues: 

Prostate problems can occur in various ways. Symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination.
  • Difficulty starting or stopping urination.
  • Reduced urine flow.
  • Pelvic pain or discomfort.

In some cases, there may also be blood in the urine or semen. Recognizing these signs early can lead to timely medical intervention and better outcomes. 

Preventative Measures: 

Several lifestyle changes can help maintain prostate health. A balanced diet, which has fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, is beneficial. Foods that are high in antioxidants, such as berries, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables, are good for the prostate. Regular physical activity also supports overall health and can reduce the risk of prostate problems. Furthermore, maintaining a healthy weight and refraining from smoking and excessive alcohol intake are crucial preventative measures. 

Screening Recommendations: 

Routine screening is vital for early detection of prostate issues, particularly prostate cancer. Men should discuss with their healthcare provider when to start screening, which generally involves a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and possibly a digital rectal exam (DRE). The American Cancer Society suggests that men at average risk should start discussing screening options at age 50, while those at higher risk, such as African American men or those with a family history of prostate cancer, should begin conversations at age 45. 

Prostate health should not be overlooked. By recognising the signs of prostate issues, adopting preventative measures, and adhering to recommended screening schedules, men can significantly reduce their risk of severe prostate conditions. Regular check-ups and open communication with healthcare providers are crucial to maintaining a healthy prostate and overall well-being.