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What are unhealthy prostate symptoms?

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Symptoms of an unhealthy prostate may include frequent or painful urination, blood in urine and inability to urinate normally, according to MedicineNet.com. These symptoms are usually caused by benign prostate hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate.

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The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system that wraps around the male urethra near the bladder. Prostate problems, including prostate cancer, are very common in men over 50, reports MedicineNet.com. Prostate cancer is more frequent in men who consume a high-fat diet. African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer are also at a higher risk.

The flow of urine through the urethra from the bladder in men can be disrupted by enlargement of the prostate gland, according to WebMD. This occurs as prostate cells gradually multiply, putting pressure on the urethra which can make urination painful. The bladder muscle may become stronger, thicker and overly sensitive over time, contracting when it contains even small amounts of urine, causing more frequent urination. The bladder muscles may eventually be unable to overcome the effect of the narrowed urethra, making urination difficult or leaving the bladder unemptied. When the bladder cannot be emptied completely, urinary tract infections may occur, causing blood to appear in the urine.

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