The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that helps men produce and expel semen. This gland is located in between the bladder and the penis, and it is just in front of the rectum. Many men understandably feel uncomfortable discussing their prostate, much less getting an exam. However, prostate exams are a vital part of catching serious diseases early.
Prostate exams are important for men of a certain age, regardless of whether they have symptoms. However, it’s even more urgent for men who have signs that something is wrong with their prostate. Symptoms of prostate issues include.
You notice yourself having to urinate far more frequently than normal
While seated, you feel unusual pain or discomfort
Most nights, you are waking up to urinate
You notice pain or discomfort during ejaculation
While urinating, you notice traces of blood in the form of red or brown-tinted coloration
The sudden, or new arrival of erectile dysfunction symptoms
Painful urination can be a sign of many things, including prostate issues
A sudden decrease in the strength of your urine flow
More than 180,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Sadly, more than 26,000 men in the country die from the disease annually. Early detection can make all the difference in the fight against prostate cancer. Prostate exams are routine screenings that check for Prostatitis, enlarged prostate, and prostate cancer.
In general, there are two parts to a prostate exam. Each of these has a unique purpose.
Are you ready to take control of your health and get your check-up? Call your closest Center for Advanced Wellness to make your appointment. Then, confirm the appointment and check-in about 15 minutes early. We will call your name when we are ready for you. We take privacy seriously, so nobody but your care team will know why you are there.
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Be sure to tell your provider if you have any anal fissures or hemorrhoids. Before your appointment, you may need to refrain from ejaculation for a little while to ensure the PSA levels are accurate. Most of all, try to breathe deeply and just relax during the exam. Remember that it will only last a few moments.
Although the process can be uncomfortable, prostate exams generally do not hurt.
Though external factors can always affect timing, a usual prostate exam takes about ten minutes.
If you're in need of a prostate exam, or you're experiencing symptoms that may indicate issues with your prostate, don't hesitate to schedule an exam with our team today.