Prostate problems as you age


June is Men’s Health Awareness Month and Rome Memorial Hospital is making local residents aware of prostate problems as men age.

The prostate is a small gland that can cause big problems as men get older and every year close to 200,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Urologist Brent E. Carlyle and his partners at AMP Urology of Rome Medical Practice, want men of all ages to be aware of the signs of prostate trouble.

The prostate is the size of a walnut and sits in front of a man’s rectum and under his bladder. It makes some of the fluid that creates semen.

“If you are having prostate problems, you may have trouble urinating or controlling your bladder,” Dr. Carlyle explained. “It may be hard to start, stop or delay the flow of urine.”

Symptoms include:

Going to the restroom more often.

Rushing to the bathroom but not being able to go or urinating a small amount.

Leaking urine.

Getting up often at night to urinate.

Blood in your urine or semen.

Pain or burning while urinating.

Pain during ejaculation.

“If you are having prostate symptoms, it is time to see your urologist,” urged Dr. Carlyle.

You may have one of these common problems:

· Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH): This is the most common prostate problem in men older than 50. If you have BPH, it means your prostate is enlarged as a result of something other than cancer. BPH causes frequent urination, including at night. You may notice your urine has a different color or smell. You may also experience pain when you urinate or after ejaculation.

· Prostatitis: This is the most common prostate problem in men under 50. It causes inflammation and swelling of the prostate. Chronic prostatitis causes pain in the penis, scrotum, perineum (area between the scrotum and anus), belly and lower back. Bacterial prostatitis symptoms include a fever, chills and body aches. They may come on fast or slowly.

· Prostate cancer: If you’re having prostate symptoms, it is important to have your urologist check you for prostate cancer. A prostate exam, blood test and possibly an ultrasound will help your doctor make the determination.

“Ultrasound guided prostate biopsies are done right in our office for the comfort and convenience of our patients,” Dr. Carlyle said. “Prostate biopsies help us diagnose disorders and diseases in the prostate. If cancer is identified, we are able to grade the cancer and determine the best treatment plan.”

“The best advice is to talk to your urologist,” Dr. Carlyle said. “Prostate problems can lead to other issues, such as problems with sex, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, kidney failure and more.”

Dr. Carlyle and the urologists of AMP Urology of Rome Medical Practice, have specialized training and expertise in many aspects of urology including cancer, prostate disease, male and female incontinence, male sexual dysfunction and kidney stone disease. They are trained in open, robotic, laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques.

Dr. Carlyle, Dr. Wael R. Muakkassa and Dr. Bashar Omarbasha are members of Rome Memorial Hospital’s medical staff and provide 24-hour coverage in the Emergency Department.

AMP Urology of Rome Medical Practice is located in the Griffiss Professional Complex, 267 Hill Road, Suite 300. Contact the office by calling 315-356-7390.


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