When it comes to prostate health, you may know about prostate cancer. However, if you are suffering similar symptoms, it could be something else.
Dr. Andrew McCollough, a urologist, specializes in diseases of the prostate. He also treats men for a more common problem that can effect them throughout their life.
"The problematic prostate is almost universal. There isn't a man who ages who does not sense the fact that it's not coming out as fast or there may be some leakage after he is finished or he is getting out once or twice at night when he wasn't before," said McCollough.
Those symptoms can be a sign of prostate cancer, but in many cases they may be early signs of benign prostate enlargement. Another non-cancerous condition is called prostatitis, and is an inflammation of the prostate gland.
"Decreased force stream, increasing frequency of urination and getting up at night to urinate," said McCollough when describing the most common symptoms.
Prostatitis can be caused by bladder obstruction or bladder stones, contracting a sexual transmitted disease, or pelvic trauma. However, the most common cause is a bacterial infection in the bladder, kidneys or urinary tract.
There are medications to treat benign enlargement of the prostate, while antibiotics are used for prostatitis. Although some people prefer a natural remedy, studies have shown there are no benefits to those alternatives.
"I was part of a big NIH study, it was a rigorous study done with sal palmetto, a placebo- controlled supplemental study and we saw no benefit to saw palmetto," said McCollough.
If you choose to take supplements, be sure to check with your doctor.