50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60 begin to suffer the symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate and the consequent pressure on the urethra, which results in the need to go to the bathroom frequently. In some cases, too often. To the point of affecting the quality of life of many men, the work they do or the quality of sleep.
This symptomatology is what should lead a man to see his doctor, in order for the specialist to assess the situation of this prostatic hyperplasia, which in most cases is benign. Therefore, having a prostate checkup from the age of 50 does not hurt. If up to the age of 60 only 50% of men have this hyperplasia, in those over 80 years of age the percentage increases to 90%.
The head of Urology at the university hospitals in Torrevieja and Vinalopó, Francisco Javier Calahorra, assures that “bad habits such as alcohol, lack of physical activity and obesity can facilitate the appearance of this physical alteration”. On the contrary, he adds, “leading a healthy life and exercising has a” protective effect “.
Dr. Calahorra explains that depending on age, physical condition and other factors, a first phase of medication is valued for the patient. The other options for solving hyperplasia involve going under the knife. The specialist assures that pioneering techniques are used in the hospitals of Vinalopó and Torrevieja to tackle this pathology, always looking for the one that best adapts to the patient’s conditions. The most recent technique is prostatic enucleation with laser, for prostateIt is medium and large, but it also highlights, for example, endoscopic techniques with bipolar or plasmakinetic energy, which involves cutting prostate tissue and at the same time coagulating it. “This was a breakthrough in patient recovery because they bleed less and recover better.”
In a small percentage of cases, when addressing hyperplasia, tumor cells are detected in the prostate. It is a cancer that generally has a good prognosis. Dr. Calahorra assures that prostate cancer “cannot be prevented in a safe way because race, family history and age influence”. But he also insists that there are measures to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, such as, by quitting smoking or with chemo-prevention, always recommended by a specialist … Healthy habits, a varied diet rich in vitamins, eating two One and a half cups of varied fruits and maintaining a healthy weight through moderate physical activity are, in the opinion of this specialist, good allies to prevent any disease, also prostate cancer.