The Importance of Prostate Health and Why Every Man Should Get Checked


Prostate health is a critical aspect of men’s overall well-being, and yet it often takes a back seat in the realm of men’s health discussions. Ignoring the health of your prostate can have serious consequences, but the good news is that with early detection and proper care, many prostate issues can be effectively managed or even prevented. In this blog post, we will explore why every man should consider getting their prostate checked when to seek medical advice, and how One Hatfield Hospital’s men’s health service can support you in this crucial aspect of your health.


Why is Prostate Health Important?


The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that plays a vital role in the male reproductive system. It produces seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. While a healthy prostate is essential for reproductive function, it is also prone to various health issues, including:


  • Prostate Cancer: Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. Early detection through regular screening can significantly increase the chances of successful treatment.


  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that can cause urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty starting and stopping urination, and a weak urine stream.


  • Prostatitis: Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland that can cause pain and discomfort in the pelvic region, along with urinary symptoms.


When Should You Consider a Prostate Check?


Regular prostate checks are essential for maintaining good health and detecting potential issues early on. Here are some guidelines on when to consider a prostate check:


Age: Men aged 50 and older should discuss prostate screening with their healthcare provider. Black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should start discussions at age 45.


Symptoms: Certain symptoms should prompt you to seek medical advice, regardless of your age. These symptoms include:


  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting or stopping urination
  • Weak urine flow
  • Pain or discomfort in the pelvic region
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Erectile dysfunction


Family History: If you have a family history of prostate cancer or other prostate-related issues, it’s crucial to discuss your risk factors with your healthcare provider.


One Hatfield Hospital’s Men’s Health Service:


One Hatfield Hospital recognises the importance of men’s health and offers a specialised men’s health service to support you in maintaining optimal prostate health. Our experienced medical team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and guidance tailored to your individual needs.


We offer a range of services, including:


  • Prostate Screening: Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and expertise to perform prostate screenings, including prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests.
  • Expert Consultations: Our experienced urologists and healthcare professionals are available to discuss your concerns, evaluate your risk factors, and create a personalised prostate health plan.
  • Treatment and Management: If an issue is detected, we provide advanced treatment options and ongoing management.


Your prostate health is not something to take lightly. Regular check-ups and early detection can make a significant difference in managing prostate-related issues effectively. One Hatfield Hospital’s men’s health service is here to support you on your journey to better prostate health.