What to Ask: Prostate Disease

The prostate is a small, ball-like gland found between the bladder and the penis. It surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that takes urine from the bladder out of the body. Approximately 3 million American men have prostate disease.

Here are questions you can ask your healthcare provider about prostate disease:

  1. Is it normal to get up to urinate at night? If so, how many times?
  2. How do I know if I have prostate cancer?
  3. How do I know if I have an enlarged prostate?
  4. Do I need surgery for an enlarged prostate?
  5. Are there medicines I can take to treat an enlarged prostate? Are there any side effects?
  6. What is the PSA test? When do I need one?
  7. What is the best treatment for prostate cancer?
  8. Will treatment for an enlarged prostate affect my sexual function?
  9. Is saw palmetto a good treatment for an enlarged prostate?
  10. How do I know if I have a prostate infection?
  11. How long do I have to take an antibiotic medicine for a prostate infection?