Men are urged this week to pay attention to their health - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/16/10

Men are urged this week to pay attention to their health

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – With Father's Day coming up, the most loving gift might be a phone call to the doctor to make an appointment for your dad or husband to get checked, especially if they've been putting off a nagging problem. 

The most common problem among men is prostate trouble because as Dr. Kim Peck explains, by age 40 the prostate gland typically starts to grow and that can trigger some uncomfortable symptoms.

"The first symptoms that usually present with an enlarged prostate, not necessarily cancer, but just as the prostate gets larger will be symptoms with passing their urine," said Dr. Peck with the Department of Family Medicine at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  "Maybe difficulty initiating their urine or stopping the flow of urine, having to urinate more frequently, getting up multiple times in the night, and even though these are symptoms that are prostate enlargement, because prostate cancer also occurs later in life, prostate symptoms in themselves would be a good reason to go and see a physician." 

Another good reason to go to the doctor, Dr. Peck says these symptoms may be triggered by an infection, which could be easily treated with a prescription.

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