Prostate problems are common in older men. About 1 out of 3 men older than 50 years will suffer with an enlarged prostate, a condition known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). By the age of 85 years, it will affect 90% of men. It is not the only type of prostate problem that will affect a man, especially as he gets older, but it is the most common by far. An inflamed prostate known as prostatitis is also a fairly common occurrence but is more frequent in a man with BPH. And prostate cancer is among the most common types of cancer in men.
While prostatitis and prostate cancer needs definitive medical treatment, an enlarged prostate is often managed conservatively. Most men have to learn to live with the problem. It is only when an enlarged prostate is causing severe symptoms that treatment is considered, or the prostate is even surgically removed. So what does living with prostate irritation, and specifically an enlarged prostate entail?