As you age as a man, you may have to face certain conditions of the male reproductive system. Nodular prostatic hyperplasia is one of them. Many times men hear about nodular prostatic hyperplasia as being called BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). It is quite common in men over the age of 50. Probably ¼ of the male population, over the age of 50, have some degree of prostatic hyperplasia.

By the time a man has reached the age of 80, he has only a 10% chance of not having some form of hyperplasia, meaning that 90% of the men over 80 have it. Of course, the interesting thing about prostatic hyperplasia is that it often does not present any bothersome symptoms and usually doesn’t require surgery or medication of any kind.

Growth Trigger

Prostate Gland Functions

The prostate gland is a small, approximately walnut-sized hormone producing organ that encircles the upper part of the urethra. It is only found in men, and is responsible for the creation of certain bodily fluids. It is vital to proper sexual functioning and to regulation of normal bladder control. The prostate gland is necessary in order to survive, reproduce and just live comfortably, making conditions that affect it of the utmost importance.

Three Cell Types

Prostate cancer is not without bothersome symptoms in most cases. Men who are suffering with advanced stages of prostate cancer can have a lot of pain in the prostate region. One way to relieve the pain from an enlarged prostate is to massage it. Often times this is done by men who don’t have prostate cancer as well. It is thought to keep the prostate healthy and functioning normally.

The number one reason men will massage or milk their prostate is because they have chronic prostatitis. This can be very painful indeed. If the male massages his prostate regularly, the pain will cease for the most part. This is something most doctors will recommend for those with chronic pain from prostate cancer or simply from an enlarged prostate.

Types of Massage

The term prostatitis covers four prostate disorders, acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis, chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome and asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis. Prostatitis accounts for one fourth of all office visits by young and middle-aged men with genital and urinary problems.

Bacterial Prostatitis

Acute bacterial prostatitis, one of the four types of prostate disorders, is the least common of the four. It also is the easiest to diagnose and treat. Men may experience chills, fever, and pain in the lower back and genital area. Burning and painful urination, body aches, frequent urinary tract infections and bacteria and white blood cells in the urine may accompany these symptoms. The course of treatment is an appropriate antibiotic.

Prostate Exam Types

If you are experiencing any symptoms that may suggest an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer you will want to see a doctor immediately. There are several tests a doctor can perform to find out what the problem is and the best treatment for your problem.

One test is a digital rectal exam. Usually this is the first test to be done by a doctor. He will insert a gloved finger into the rectum to feel the prostate. He can feel the size of the prostate and a general idea of its condition.

A blood test is a follow-up test ordered by the doctor to look for prostate-specific antigen (PSA). If you have a high PSA level it could be a sign you have prostate cancer. This blood test isn’t perfect because it can show a high PSA and the patient may not have prostate cancer.