Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

bigstockphoto_Glory_4502621 September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and numerous groups have been working to promote prostate cancer awareness and offer free screenings.

The prostate is a gland found only in men that is located beneath the bladder, in front of the rectum, and wraps around part of the urethra (the tube that empties the bladder).  It is a part of the male reproductive system that helps regulate bladder control and normal sexual functioning. The prostate produces and stores seminal fluid, the slightly alkaline milky substance that nourishes and protects sperm.

Men’s Health is Intimately Linked to Prostate Health

Men’s health is intimately linked to prostate health, and more so as we age.  Prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate is usually acute and results from infection of the gland.  Enlargement of the prostate or BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) is caused by hormonal changes that take place in our late forties and fifties.  Left unchecked, these hormone changes can lead to prostate cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer of the prostate is the second most common form of cancer in men in the U.S. (behind skin cancer), with 186,000 new cases diagnosed each year.  Statistics show that by the age of 70, nine out of ten men develop prostate problems, so if you plan on enjoying a good quality of life in retirement, take care of your prostate gland.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is often a stealth disease; symptoms may not appear until the disease has spread beyond the prostate gland. Early detection is important to managing the disease and preventing its spread to other tissues.  As prostate cancer advances, the prostate enlarges and constricts the urethra, causing difficulties in urinating — a common symptom.

Prostate cancer symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Incomplete emptying of the bladder
  • Burning or pain during urination
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Weak urine stream
  • Lower back pain
  • Painful ejaculation

Symptoms related to urinary function are sometimes present with prostate cancer, but may also be related to other prostate conditions like an enlarged prostate.

So What is a Guy to Do?

Early detection is key, so guys who are  fifty need to have a prostate exam done  each year and have a PSA test run to assess prostate health.  Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise have been shown to lower the risk of prostate cancer.

Prevention is the Best Medicine!

The good news is there is a safe, natural and effective way for long term support of better prostate health, improved urinary flow and control, and greater sexual stamina. Adam’s Vitality from Logos Nutritionals is a prostate support formula that promotes prostate health with proven prostate support nutrients that prevent the hormonal changes that lead to enlarged prostate and prostate cancer, as well as improving urinary function and better sexual performance.

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