Important Facts about the Prostate Gland

All men should stay up to date with the latest prostate research and health habits, yet many ignore this important gland and its many health repercussions. Fortunately, a little education and taking steps to keep your prostate health in check can go a long way, so read on to learn more about your prostate gland, prostate anatomy, and what options are available for treatment, such as high-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU.

What Is Your Prostate?

Your prostate gland is located just below your bladder. This walnut-sized gland is found only in men, and the urethra runs through it. It serves to produce prostatic fluid that gives nutrients to sperm. In healthy men, it does its job without you noticing it at all.

The prostate can become inflamed or infected, leading to painful urination or ejaculation. This is often a result of a UTI, other bacteria, or an STI. It can generally be treated with antibiotics.

Enlarged Prostate

It is estimated that 60 percent of men over the age of 60 experience benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. In moderate to extreme cases, medication, or surgery can shrink the gland to relieve pressure.

Prostate Cancer

One in seven men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, with two-thirds of those men being over the age of 65. There is a genetic component in about 10 percent of cases of prostate cancer. Additionally, one in three men will die of prostate cancer. The facts are that prostate cancer is the number one most common cancer in men, and the second most common cause of cancer-related death.

Studies show that men who have had issues with prostate inflammation or STI at a young age have a higher risk of prostate cancer. Vitamin D deficiencies have also been linked to prostate cancer, and supplementing with vitamin D may help prevent infections.

Options for Treatment

Early detection is ideal for determining the best long-term treatment plan for prostate cancer. When prostate cancer is diagnosed, most will try to avoid invasive procedures, and often opt for minimally invasive, outpatient treatments. This where HIFU, or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, can come into play. This works by using an ultrasound-guided transducer that can help eliminate cancer cells without the need for radiation and with limited side effects.

About the Prostate Cancer Institute and Dr. Suarez

Dr. Suarez at the Prostate Cancer Institute has garnered years of experience in HIFU, having successfully treated over 2,000 patients. He was at the forefront of developing HIFU technology and bringing it to the U.S., for some time being the only physician performing this revolutionary procedure in North America. Going through HIFU for prostate cancer is a safer, yet effective alternative for treating cancerous tissue, so consult the medical experts at the Prostate Cancer Institute and Dr. Suarez to learn more.