Posted October 03, 2018 11:30:56 A prostate massage can leave a man feeling a bit dizzy, and in the case of a younger patient, the swelling can be excruciating.
But if the procedure is carried out safely, it can help prevent prostate cancer from spreading.
“Prayers and self-massage are great options for people who are trying to get a prostate cancer screening done but they can’t get into the doctor’s office because they don’t have the right equipment,” says Dr Peter Hallett, from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Medicine.
Dr Hallellt recommends using an electronic prostate massage device and taking the pill every four hours, which will stop the prostate from swelling. “
There’s no doubt it’s a bit scary and people will be in a bit of a rush to get into a doctor’s appointment but if you’ve got the right options you can get a safe, discreet and effective prostate massage done.”
Dr Hallellt recommends using an electronic prostate massage device and taking the pill every four hours, which will stop the prostate from swelling.
You will also need to take your medication, like ibuprofen and vitamin B12, and avoid any strenuous physical activity, like cycling or swimming.
“You should be able to go about your day normally and if you’re not, then you need to talk to your doctor,” Dr Holett says.
“We’re not sure if you’ll be able or comfortable getting into a prostate exam at a doctor, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.”
For people with a history of prostate cancer, Dr Holestt says there are options such as the “BMI therapy” which involves injecting the hormone testosterone directly into the skin.
Dr Halsett says the treatment can cause a temporary increase in the size of the prostate, but this can be easily controlled if done regularly.
“If it’s not happening at a rate that you’re getting the hormone into the tissue, then your risk of developing prostate cancer is reduced,” Dr Jules Halseck says.
If you are concerned about your risk for prostate cancer in the future, Dr Jule Halsekts advises avoiding physical exercise.
She also recommends avoiding any form of physical activity that can increase your risk.
Dr Jile Halsellt says men should have regular check-ups with their GP.
“It’s good to see if there are any concerns, and if they’re not then talk to the doctor about doing regular check ups and checking if any of your symptoms are increasing,” she says.
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Dr Chris Loughlin from the Queensland Health Service’s Centre for Health and Sexuality says there is no need to panic.
“I think the general public are quite comfortable to go ahead and do something for themselves,” Dr Loughlyn says.
But he warns there are certain risks to doing a routine prostate massage.
“Don’t be afraid of the risks of a routine procedure, especially if it’s done properly,” he says.
Dr Lauglin says while there are other prostate cancer treatments, such as testosterone injections, they are not recommended for people with advanced prostate cancer because the risks are not known and it can cause pain and irritation.
“These are not the same things as getting a prostate biopsy,” Dr Sallam says.
He says the risk of prostate problems increases as the age of the patient increases.
“For the older population, there’s less risk, so it’s best to do it as an afterthought if you want to be as safe as possible,” he adds.
“But for young men it’s more likely to be a bit worrying, and I’d definitely recommend having regular checkups.”
Dr Sally Gillett from the Melbourne Medical Group says people who have had prostate cancer may be at a higher risk for having a lump.
“So, if you have a lump, you may be more likely of developing a cancer in your prostate,” she explains.
“And the lump itself is probably more likely [to develop cancer].”
If you have pain in your backside and you feel like your body can’t handle it, and you’re concerned about having pain in the rest of your body, then it’s important to talk about the prostate with your GP.