| Previous UPDATES described all approved and available (non- cancerous) prostate growth therapies available at the time. For back issues, see page 4 under the heading Troublesome Prostate Growth. Back issues are available by written request.
Be sure to review Avodart for prostate growth, and a "heads up" on research to improve PSA for CaP detection.
| However, men now have a number of alternatives to such drastic surgery, including
|Prescription drugs Hytrin, Cardura, Proscar or Flomax, and
| This report examines the latest non-invasive surgery, GreenLight".
But first let's be sure we understand the need to cope with non-cancerous prostate growth.
|steadily growing prostate can lead to serious consequences. For example, straining to empty the bladder causes bladder muscles to thicken, harden, become irritated, and weakened.
This typically occurs in what is described by Germany's famed Commission E as Stage 2 prostate growth. This stage is "characterized by decomposition of the bladder function accompanied by the formation of residual urine and urge to urinate."
New Look at Non-Cancerous Prostate Growth. Is GreenLight" a Better Treatment for It?
Troubles created by prostate growth affect so many American men older than age 50 that male urination stress comes close to universal.
As you read this, about 2 million men live under a doctor's care while they search for relief from problems caused by their prostates' growth.
Doctors sill label such growth "benign," but there is nothing benign about a condition that ruins the sleep of millions of men night after night confines their daily activities to bathroom accessibility, and in general takes the' JOY out of life.
In fighting their growing prostates, 350,000 men submit to invasive prostate surgery, a TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate) every year. This requires a hospital stay, 4-6 weeks for recovery, and less than desirable side effects; e.g., retrograde ejaculation.
During a boy's dramatic changes at puberty, his prostate rapidly doubles its size. But the gland is still very small, about the size of a plum and only weighing about as much as one half-slice of bread.
At age 25, the prostate doubles in size again, now growing to roughly the size of a golf ball, and weighing about as much as a full slice of bread. Growth stops until the mid-forties, when the gland again starts to grow, and keeps on growing until the man dies. How much growth? Prostates have been found the size of a tennis ball, even a softball.
To distinguish growth in later years from cancerous, doctors call it "benign." As stated earlier, this is a misnomer if ever there was one, and should never, ever be applied to prostate growth, as we shall now see.
Fear of surgery, and reluctance to tinker with sexual organs, supports a natural tendency to"live with it" as long as possible. However, ignoring prostate growth can be dangerous because a
With residual urine constantly held in a weakened bladder, crystals may settle to the bottom of the bladder, collect together and form stones. If prostate growth blocks the stones' exit, they cannot be passed.
Bladder stones must not be confused with much smaller sand-like deposits in the prostate. These sand-like deposits can rub against prostate veins during strenuous action or orgasm, breaking the veins and causing blood in the urine. This is rarely, if ever, serious and generally may be ignored. Bladder stones, however, require attention. In aggravated cases, they can grow as large as a baseball.
Straining to urinate can also push bladder tissues through the wall of the organ and form a balloon outside the bladder wall, sometimes as large as the bladder itself.
Years of living with a bladder damaged by daily combat with prostate obstruction is a constant invitation to infection. Or urine may back up Into the