Men’s Health

We know men face specific health issues that require special care and treatment. That’s why the Grand View Hospital team offers care for the following conditions affecting men.

Prostate & Urinary Health

The prostate, a walnut-shaped gland found only in men, lies in front of the rectum, sits just below the bladder where urine is stored, and surrounds the tube that carries urine from the body (urethra). The gland functions as part of the male reproductive system by making a fluid that becomes part of semen, the white fluid that contains sperm.

Three main problems can occur in the prostate gland, several of which can cause urinary problems:

1) Prostatitis

An inflammation or infection of the prostate. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Pain and burning when urinating and during ejaculation
  • Strong and frequent urge to urinate, but only being able to pass small amounts of urine
  • Lower back or abdominal pain e
  • Blood in the urine

2) Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

An enlargement of the prostate. Symptoms can include:

  • Painful urination
  • Urge to urinate a lot
  • Decreased force of the urine stream
  • Having an incomplete emptying of the bladder
  • Problems getting the urine started and completely stopped
  • Feeling like you need to urinate, even if you just did
  • Leaking or dribbling urine
  • Small amounts of blood in the urine

3) Prostate Cancer

Cancer of the prostate gland. While prostate cancer may not show any symptoms, possible signs include:

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Inability to urinate
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Pain or stiffness in lower back, hips, or upper thighs

It is important to talk with your doctor or urologist if you have any of the above symptoms and to discuss your overall prostate health.

Sources: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is most common in young or middle-aged men. Most testicular cancers form in tissues of one or both testicles, begin in germ cells (cells that make sperm) and are called testicular germ cell tumors.

  • This disease occurs most often in men between the ages of 20 and 39. It accounts for only 1 percent of all cancers in men.
  • Risk factors include having an undescended testicle, previous testicular cancer, and a family history of testicular cancer
  • Treatment can often cure testicular cancer but regular follow-up exams are extremely important

How is testicular cancer detected? What are symptoms of testicular cancer?

Most testicular cancers are found by men themselves. Also, doctors generally examine the testicles during routine physical exams. Between regular checkups, if a man notices anything unusual about his testicles, he should talk with his doctor. Men should see a doctor if they notice any of the following symptoms:

  • a painless lump or swelling in a testicle
  • pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
  • any enlargement of a testicle or change in the way it feels
  • a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • a dull ache in the lower abdomen, back, or groin
  • a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum

These symptoms can be caused by cancer or by other conditions. It is important to see a doctor to determine the cause of any of these symptoms. 

To find a doctor, call Grand View Connection at 215-453-4300.

Cancer Treatment at Grand View

If you are diagnosed with prostate or testicular cancer, the team at Grand View Hospital provides high-quality care to diagnose and treat prostate cancer through our: