Until now, your prostate has given you little cause for concern. But now that you’re older, it’s commanding attention. You have benign prostatic hyperplasia, and your prostate—normally as small as a walnut—is now the size of a baseball, and it’s wreaking havoc on your lifestyle. You wake up several times
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Three big letters: P-S-A. In the world of urology and men’s health, perhaps no three letters generate more controversy. Since the early 1990s, the prostate-specific antigen (or PSA) blood test has served as the cornerstone of prostate cancer early detection. Today, it remains at the center of a debate over
There is no universally accepted “normal” PSA level. In the past, a PSA of 4 nanograms per milliliter of blood (ng/ml) or less was considered normal; however, more recent studies have shown that some men with PSAs below 4 have prostate cancer and some men with PSAs over 4 do
In May 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine prostate cancer screening for all men, focusing instead on screening men at high risk and very high risk. The high risk category includes African Americans, and men with a first-degree relative, (brother, father, son) diagnosed with prostate
As your prostate grows, so does your frustration. You wake up multiple times a night and trek to the bathroom. When you travel, you have to pull over every few miles for a restroom break. Or, you might struggle to urinate, or feel like you never fully empty your bladder.