Questions and Answers on Men's Health

Studies show that the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased.  However, men often need to pay more attention to their bodies.  Several things work against men — they tend to smoke and drink more than women, they may not seek medical help as often as women, and they sometimes define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.
 
There are certain health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone.  Many of the major health risks that men face, like colon cancer or heart disease, can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis.  Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat.  It's important to have regular checkups and screenings.
 

06/19/2009 - Questions and Answers

Prostatectomy & Sex

Question I am 70, and was operated on 3 years ago for prostate enlargement. Since surgery, I have completely lost my sex drive and I cannot get an erection. Is this common after this surgery at my age? Is there any remedy - for instance, Viagra? Read more

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09/30/2003 - Questions and Answers

Swelling of the scrotum

During my annual check-up, my doctor said I had' 'water' in my scrotum area and at the base of my penis. What did he mean? What are the causes and the cure, if any? Read more

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09/11/2003 - Questions and Answers

Fluctuations in PSA Results

I am 76 years old. In 1992 my PSA was 2.4, in 1995 it was 2.5, and in April 2001 it was 7.0. But then in September 2001 it was 4.4, my 'free' PSA was 1.4 and the percentage 'free' PSA was 32%. What caused this fluctuation in a five-month period? Read more

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05/20/2003 - Questions and Answers

Incontinence After Prostatectomy

I had a transurethral prostatectomy (TURP) one year ago. At that time I was diagnosed as having a neurogenic bladder. I now have urinary incontinence. What can be done about this? Read more

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05/20/2003 - Questions and Answers

Prostatectomy

I have just been told that my prostate has enlarged and is pushing against my bladder. I may have to have it trimmed back and made smaller to enable me to urinate without difficulty. I have never heard of this operation and was wondering how it was done - what are it's effects at the time and after the operation? Read more

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04/03/2003 - Questions and Answers

Cancer - a healthy attitude

I am a fit 71 year old. My doctors have diagnosed early stage prostate cancer, which will be treated with radiation therapy. Can I continue with my fitness program? Read more

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04/01/2003 - Questions and Answers

Blood in semen after prostate biopsy

I am a 77-year-old. I had a biopsy of my prostate, and I had blood in my urine for two days. Now I notice dark blood in my semen two months later. My urologist says small amounts of blood in the semen can usually be seen for about a month after the biopsy; but I should not be concerned, it could last 2 to 3 months. My prostate is enlarged (two times) with cancer indicated on one side. Should I be concerned? I'm considering having seed implants. Read more

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03/19/2003 - Questions and Answers

Frequent urination and no obvious cause

Within the past several months, I have been increasingly bothered by polyuria, which forces me to get up 4 or 5 times each night. I usually go every two or three hours during the day. I do not suffer from unusual thirst. I have stopped drinking any caffeine-containing beverages. I am not incontinent, and have a fairly forceful stream and a good volume of normal looking urine each time I void. I have tested my urine and could find no sugar in the urine. I had my most recent prostate examination two years ago and this was normal . Any ideas as to the possible cause of the polyuria and possible treatment? Read more

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