For Men Only: The Prostate & Incontinence
Many people think that urinary incontinence is a woman’s issue.
It's NOT. Many men wrestle with it too.
Any man who is undergoing radiation or surgery to treat prostate cancer should expect to develop some problems with bladder control. Most of the problems are temporary and many will regain full control of their bladder in time.
There are different types of urinary incontinence and differing degrees of severity. Some men dribble urine, whereas others will experience a total leakage. Loss of urine with a cough, sneeze or laugh is called stress incontinence and is the most common type of urine leakage men experience after prostate surgery. On the other hand, the need to frequently urinate with episodes of leakage is the type seen most often after radiation treatment.
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Prostate cancer is the number 1 cancer for men. About 66 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
The most common type of male incontinence experienced after prostate cancer treatment is stress incontinence. It’s the accidental release of urine due to pressure on the bladder from everyday actions like lifting a heavy object or even coughing.
Lifestyle adjustments that include simple changes in habit, possibly in conjunction with medication, may provide the help you’re looking for.
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It’s important to remember that incontinence is not a disease, but rather a symptom of a problem with your urinary tract. Male urinary incontinence is usually related to a problem with the prostate, like prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostatitis (inflammation).
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- Cindy Clegg