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Why is it important for men over the age of 50 to have prostate exams?

The prostate is the gland that sits at the base of the bladder in males and is directly related to urinary function. As men get older, prostate issues are more common, and urinary incontinence can result.

With men, incontinence can begin with the urine stream becoming a little slower with less control. Statistics show that 20% of men over 65 have some leakage, and that can be a result of an enlarged prostate.

Men over the age of 50 are urged to have regular checkups that include physical prostate exams. Many don’t, however, because they are suffering with incontinence and are embarrassed. It’s important to know, though, that while embarrassing, incontinence is increasingly treatable.

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