The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that is part of the male reproductive system and is located at the bottom of the bladder.
As you become older, you are increasingly likely to experience issues with your prostate. Of all men aged 55 and over, about 25 per cent have a prostatic condition and by the time you reach 70 this figure becomes about 50 per cent.
It is recommended that every man over the age of 50 should have his prostate gland checked annually by his doctor.
There are a number of symptoms you should keep an eye out for in relation to prostate problems:
– trouble with urinating
– need to urinate often, especially during the night
– painful urination
– blood in the urine
– feeling like you can’t empty your bladder fully
Prostate cancer affects about one in nine men up to the age of 75. The cause of the condition is not yet known, but family history and ageing are known to be contributing factors.
It is very important to have your prostate regularly checked so that prostate cancer and other prostate conditions can be diagnosed as early as possible.