Recent medical data indicates that around fifteen percent of American men will contract prostate cancer. The likelihood increases when they pass the age of fifty. These figures also indicate that the chance of getting prostate cancer are unevenly spread amongst ethnic groups with African Americans facing a higher risk than others. Unfortunately, in its early stages, the disease often goes unnoticed because the symptoms are mild or easily attributed to other causes. Early detection makes a difference to successful treatment. Complications from undiagnosed prostate cancer can be life-threatening, so consult with your doctor if you experience a cluster of these symptoms.
There are many benign reasons why a man might find that his urine does not flow freely. In particular, during the transition from middle age to old age, the prostate gland often becomes enlarged. In the majority of cases, this is the cause of changes in urination patterns. The medical name for this condition is prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Although an enlarged prostate isn't comfortable, it's not life-threatening in and of itself. However, it can be a symptom of prostate cancer, so consult your doctor.
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