‘At 40, every man should go for prostate test’

Prostate enlargement is on the prowl, taking its  toll on the health of the menfolk. The Prostate Research Institute in the United States of America, in a report, said that among every six men, two are likely to suffer from the disease which, if not diagnosed early and effectively treated, can degenerate to prostate cancer. Research has also confirmed that in Africa, the rate of prostate enlargement and cancer is relatively high.

Apparently worried by the dangers of the ailment, orthodox medical practitioners have been battling to proffer solutions but have not been able to achieve maximum result.

But the Managing Director of Qumas Herbs Limited, a trado-medical expert, Dr Olasunkanmi Azeez, says that herbal medicine has a quick remedy for the disease.

In this interview, Azeez, who is the chairman of Herbal Therapy Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter (HTSN), stresses that application of special herbal therapy against prostate enlargement and prostate cancer can provide cure for the ailments.

Prostate enlargement, a killer disease
This ailment is common among the male folk and very dangerous to their health because of its complications and effects. It affects the male organ known as prostate gland which produces semen, the milky-colored fluid that nourishes and transports sperm during ejaculation. Prostate gland is located beneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, that is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. Whenever it becomes enlarged, the prostate would begin to wield pressure on the urethra and make urination difficult.

This is common among men in their 40s and above when they witness prostate growth. This is when prostate gland enlargement occurs mostly because of the rapid growth of the central portion. The major implication here is that as the tissues in the area enlarge, they compress the urethra and partly block free flow of urine. Men who have difficulty in urinating most likely have prostate enlargement problem.

Suffice it to say that prostate enlargement is a disease of elderly men. It causes severe pain, anxiety, discomfort and loss of consciousness. It has posed a global challenge to medical experts.

A prostate case not detected early enough can degenerate to prostate cancer. Reports have confirmed that men in their 40s and 50s are dying of prostate problems. Men in this age bracket are expected to go for tests, particularly prostate scan, to confirm their status and go for early intervention if it is confirmed that they are having prostate enlargement challenge.

Causes
Diverse causes account for prostate enlargement. In most cases, doctors find it difficult to diagnose the causes. But it cannot be unconnected with ageing and changes in the ratio of male hormone-testosterone level that stimulate prostate growth. It has been medically established that one of the major causes is hormonal imbalance, especially among men who use drugs to enhance their sexual performance, thereby activating the level of their testosterone hormones beyond the normal level.

Commonly, it is sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as syphilis, gonorrhea, staph among others that degenerate to prostate enlargement if they become chronic due to failure to treat them on time. At birth, the prostate is about the size of a pea and during childhood, it grows a bit and at age of 25 or thereabout, it develops fully. One major danger associated with prostate enlargement is that, a man may wake up in the morning and might not be able to urinate due to enlargement of the prostate gland which puts pressure on the urethra, making it difficult for urine flow.

Symptoms
There are different symptoms of prostate enlargement. The sufferer is unable to maintain flow of urine till the end – that is stopping and starting while urinating. Another symptom is dribbling at the end of urination. Other symptoms include frequent pressure to urinate, increased frequency of urination at nights, urgent need to urinate, inability to empty the bladder, blood-stained urine, weak urine and urinary tract infection.

When symptoms are noticed, it is advisable to avoid condiments and alcoholic beverages. This helps to lessen bladder irritation which may promote infection. It is also important to avoid cold conditions or allow urine to accumulate before passing it.

Diagnostic methods
These include PSA test (Prostate Specific Antigen Test) and DRE test (Digital Rectal Examination). This is a simple clinical procedure for detecting prostate enlargement through the use of finger digits.

Prostate cancer
Prostate enlargement worsens when the sufferer can no longer empty the bladder and must start using a catheter to draw urine. But the danger of this is that bladder infection is most likely. Prostate enlargement can lead to death, especially if it is left untreated and becomes chronic.

At this level, it can degenerate to prostate cancer. Cancer can spread faster in the body system than other infections or viruses. When it gets to this stage, death can occur easily. But no matter the magnitude of the ailment, herbal medicine has quick remedy for it. Recurrence can only occur if the individual is re-infected by the virus responsible.

Management of prostate enlargement
Though orthodox doctors have discovered conventional medicine to tackle the ailment, reports have confirmed that herbal treatment is more effective. Qumas herbs have the potentials to diminish the growth of prostate cancer to the cells while dissolving different levels of prostate enlargement. Due to its anti-cancer activities, herbal medicine can inhibit the spread of the cancer cells in other vital tissues and organs of the body.

The medicine also has the potentiality to enhance better night sleep, stop frequency of urination, relieve pains, enhance healthy urinary function and also improve libido. It also works against straining and pushing of urine during urination. Medications such as flomax, uroxatral (alpha blockers), proscar and avodart (5-alpha reductase) are very effective.

Other specialized treatments include: Transurethral microwave therapy, transurethral radio frequency needle ablation, prostatic stents and transurethral resection of the prostate.

No surgery required
Prostate enlargement can effectively be treated with herbs without surgery or operation.

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