Prostate Gland Infection Symptoms

If you want to know how to recognize prostate infection symptoms, you should find the following information helpful. Symptoms may be nonexistent, or they may appear suddenly. Normally, problem areas include difficulties with urination or genital pain. Other infections can bring on the same symptoms, so you’ll need to visit your doctor. Once you understand more about prostate infection symptoms, you will know when to seek medical care and when there’s no need for concern.

You might be surprised to know that prostate infections sometimes cause no symptoms at all. Or, in other cases, severe symptoms may suddenly appear. Obviously there is little you can do if you have no symptoms. When they do begin to appear, they can quickly become difficult to bear. So you need to act quickly when you start to experience discomfort. Let’s look at some of the symptoms you might face.

Prostate infection symptoms normally focus on the genital area. Given the location and function of the prostate gland, this makes a lot of sense. The most common problem experienced when you have a prostate infection is difficulty and pain urinating. Considering how many times you normally urinate during the day, this could become excruciating. Other symptoms include genital pain and problems ejaculating. Depending on the severity of the infection, you could experience overall fever also.

The symptoms described above can be connected to other conditions. They don’t necessarily mean that you definitely have a prostate infection. Other urinary tract infections could trigger the same uncomfortable conditions. The only way to know for sure is to see your doctor. A physician has access to a variety of tests and diagnostic tools that will specify what is going on. Then he or she can prescribe appropriate treatment and medication.

These are the basics of prostate infection symptoms. You may not have symptoms at first, but if they appear they will escalate quickly. The most likely symptom is difficulty and pain urinating. If you experience any of the symptoms, see your doctor for an exact diagnosis. Use this knowledge to keep yourself healthy. When something like a prostate infection comes along, get proper treatment right away.

As has been said, the cause of prostate cancer is still unknown, but a healthy diet and exercise will lead to a generally healthier body. While treatment is possible for the cancer, like most cancer treatments it includes many possible side effects.

Prostate cancer kills around 10000 men in the UK alone every year, making it one of the biggest killers. More about symptoms can be found at the Prostate Cancer Symptoms page. If caught early enough prostate cancer can be treated. You can find out from your doctor whether you are eligible to have a scan.

Prostate Carcinogenesis: The Role of Infection and Inflammation

Cancer, a progressive disease that occurs in a series of well-defined steps. It is induced through mutations, which inactivate tumour suppressor genes or the activation of oncogenes resulting in proliferating cells. Prostate cancer, the most common diagnosed malignancy and source of considerable morbidity and mortality for men around the world, accounts for the 3rd leading cause of death in men in Jamaica. Aside from the contributions of age, race, and family history, which are poorly understood, environmental and lifestyle factors like male sexual behaviour have been suspected of playing a role in prostate carcinogenesis. Recently, there has been increased interest in sexually transmitted infections [STIs] and sexual history as risk factors for prostate cancer. From as early as the 1950s it was postulated that the transmission of a carcinogenic agent through sexual practices may have resulted in an increase in prostate cancer cases.

Inflammation has been hypothesised to increase the risk of numerous malignancies and data suggest that approximately 20% of all human cancers are caused by chronic infection or chronic inflammation. Frequent observations of inflammation close to putative precursor lesions of prostate cancer have sparked renewed interest in the potential influence of sexually transmitted or urogenital infections on prostate carcinogenesis. Studies have shown that many cancers are caused by chronic infection or chronic and longstanding inflammation. The initiation, maintenance and pathology of the inflammatory response depend upon pro- and anti-inflammatory signals, of which the former has multi-factorial epigenetic and genetic cues. Researchers have shown that chronic and longstanding inflammation induced by persistent infection within the host produces preoxynitrite, which interacts with DNA resulting in permanent genomic alterations/mutations that initiate and promote cancer. In addition to the inflammatory process, cells may also be directly transformed via infectious agents inserting oncogenes into the host genome.

There have been numerous studies conducted to ascertain the relationship and risk associated with several STIs and prostate cancer. Several of the earlier studies have shown positive associations between STIs such as gonorrhoea, syphilis and human papillomavirus [HPV] with prostate cancer. However, more recent studies conducted with antibodies against Chlamydia trachomatis, human herpesvirus type 8 [HHV-8], and HPV in relation to prostate cancer have been controversial, moving from no association, weak associations to inverse associations. The association between exposure to specific infectious agents and sexual history may be weak and will vary across populations. Similarly, the association between prostate cancer and the inflammatory cytokines – C-reactive protein [CRP], interleukin-6 [IL-6], and tumour necrosis factor-α [TNF-α] – have been investigated in epidemiological studies with variable results. Some of these studies suggest that the inflammatory markers are more strongly associated with the risk of cancer death than cancer incidence.

Although limited, there is data to support the role of various inflammatory cytokines in the development and progression of prostate cancer. Malignant cells express inflammatory markers and elevated levels of these markers in the blood may signal the presence of an underlying cancer.