What are some common male prostrate problems?


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Benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer and prostatitis are common prostate problems, according to WebMD. Risks for benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer increases with age, and prostatitis typically occurs in young and middle-aged men.

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia is the unhealthy growth of a prostate gland, as stated by WebMD. Benign prostatic hyperplasia does not lead to prostate cancer, and symptoms of BPH do not always require treatment. BPH symptoms include pelvic pain, urination and ejaculation pain and frequent urination.

Men between the ages of 31 to 40 have a one in 12 chance of having BPH, men ages 51 to 60 have about a one in two chance of having BPH, and more than eight men in 10 over the age of 80 have BPH. About one in six men develop prostate cancer, and one in 35 men die of prostate cancer. Family history and race increases the risk of having prostate cancer, and the largest number of men with prostate cancer are over the age of 65. There are often no symptoms of prostate cancer, so regular screening is recommended, states WebMD.

Approximately 5 to 10 percent of men develop prostatitis, an infection or inflammation of the prostate, according to WebMD. Viewed as a urinary tract infection for males, it is typically not serious.

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