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Chronic prostatitis is usually associated with a non-bacterical infection of the gland and occurs most commonly in males over 45 years of age. Common symptoms include painful and frequent urination, particularly at night, painful ejaculation, lower abdominal pain and pain at the base of the penis or along the shaft. If these symptoms are not treated, it can lead to complete obstruction of urination and infection. It is estimated that 60 per cent of males between the ages of 45 and 60 will have an enlarged prostate.

Where prostate cancer is diagnosed, a decision usually needs to be made whether or not to remove the prostate. If it is not removed, but treated, the risk is that further cancer may develop in the body.

The prostate can be monitored, like the breast in women with regular testing by your local doctor. Many men dread havinj a rectal examination by the doctor, but it is necessary to ensure that the prostate is not inflamed. It is critical that you realise the importance of regular checks - once a year for those at high risk (i.e. those whose father or brother have had prostate cancer as an early age) or those over 40. A blood test called a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test can also be done.


Men’s health