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Expatriate Medical Insurance News: Men 'must be aware of prostate risks'

Prostate problems should be discovered at an early stage and preventative measures and tests should therefore be taken.

This is according to Men's Health Forum president Dr Ian Banks, who said men ought to "keep a check on these things", particularly as they become older.

He pointed out enlarged prostates – benign prostatic hyperblastia (BPH) – typically begins coming apparent from late middle age.

An overwhelming majority of males over the age of 80 will have enlarged prostates, with the size of this gland increasing as people age, the international healthcare expert continued.

However, the specialist explained while the risk of developing prostate cancer also rises with age, it is not linked to BPH, although many men confuse the two issues.

Other ailments that can strike the prostate include prostatitis, which is an inflammation of the gland.

Dr Banks said this illness is "very, very painful indeed" and can strike at any point in a person's life, affecting younger men as well as older people.

The way it presents itself can be "very vague" and the condition can be particularly treatment-resistant, he added.

Trauma can cause this ailment, while specialist cycling saddles have been created to protect the gland, the medical expert stated.

Expatriate medical insurance policyholders can catch prostate cancer at an early stage by regularly having checks.

Dr Banks argued: "It is just like looking after your car if it is getting older."

There are genetic links to this condition, while black African Caribbean males more likely to develop the illness than the general populace, he noted.

Healthcare experts, such as Dr Sheldon Marks at WebMD, recommend that most men begin having annual prostate checks from the age of 50, while people with an African heritage or with a family history of the condition should begin having examinations from the age of 40.

Other risk factors for this condition highlighted by Dr Banks include a diet high in animal fats.

He said the condition is "rapidly becoming a long-term medical condition", adding that some sufferers are living for years, with a "very high quality of life".

However, early detection is essential, the expert added.
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