Health Watch -- Prostate basics

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This week on Healthwatch, we're discussing a topic of great importance to men: the prostate. This walnut-sized gland can lead to big problems for many men.

One problem is enlarged prostate - which doctors call benign prostatic hyperplasia, or
BPH. One out of four men will develop this condition in his lifetime. Symptoms may include frequent urination, a weak urine stream or incomplete emptying of the bladder. An enlarged prostate isn't necessarily the start of prostate cancer, but urologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say the symptoms are similar to those for prostate cancer. So, you should see a doctor if you notice them.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men. One out of every six men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime. Fortunately, this cancer can usually be treated with surgery or radiation therapy if it's detected early enough.

Next on Healthwatch: Prostate disease research.


Nov. 2004

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