Medi-Moses Prostate Foundation organizes free prostate screening

Medi-Moses Prostate Foundation, a centre for curing prostate enlargement by using 100 percent pure natural herbs, has organized free prostate screening for men above 35.

The free screening was in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists’ Association, Graphic Communications Group and Multimedia to educate the public and create awareness on prostate enlargement.

The prostate is a gland that produces the fluid that carries sperm during ejaculation.

The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out of the body. An enlarged prostate means the gland has grown bigger. An enlarged prostate is often called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

Dr. De-Gaulle Moses Dogbatsey, Senior Medical Officer/Plant Medicine Specialist Medical Director of MMPF, said it was common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages.

He explained that as a man matures, the prostate goes through two main periods of growth.

The first is early in puberty when the prostate doubles in size and the second is around age 25 when the gland begins to grow again, saying, ‘’this second growth phase often results, years later, in BPH’’.

Dr Dogbatsey said though the prostate continues to grow during most of a man’s life, the enlargement does not usually cause problems until late in life.

BPH, he said, rarely caused symptoms before age 40, but more than half of men in their 60’s and as many as 90 percent in their 70’s and 80’s have some symptoms of BPH.

Dr Dogbatsey said the actual cause of prostate enlargement is unknown, however, factors linked to aging and changes in the cells of the testicles might have a role in the growth of the gland, adding, ‘’as the gland grows, it can press on the urethra and cause urination and bladder problems’’.

‘’Many people feel uncomfortable talking about the prostate, since the gland plays a role in both sex and urination. Still, prostate enlargement is part of aging as gray hair. As life expectancy rises, so does the occurrence of BPH’’, he said.

He said many symptoms of BPH stemmed from obstruction of the urethra and gradual loss of bladder function, which results in incomplete emptying of the bladder.

The symptoms of BPH vary, but the most common ones involve changes or problems with urination, such as a weak or slow urinary stream, difficulty starting urination, frequent urination, and urgency to urinate.

He said unlike women who know about their menopause, most men do not know about their prostate conditions usually known as ‘’andropause’’ or ‘’papapause’’.

He therefore urged men to screen every once a year to know their prostate condition to prevent cancer.

Dr Dogbatsey said prostate enlargement could be prevented by healthy lifestyles such as eating fruits and vegetables. GNA

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