The most common prostate problems are:
- an enlarged prostate – this is the most common prostate problem
- prostatitis – an inflammation or infection in the prostate
- prostate cancer.
If you notice any changes when you urinate or have trouble controlling your bladder (urinary problems) – this could be a sign of a problem in your prostate.
Urinary problems are common in older men and are not always a sign of a prostate problem. They can be caused by a urine infection or another health problem, such as diabetes, or by some medicines.
Your lifestyle can also trigger changes in the way you urinate – for example, drinking too much will make you urinate more often, while alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks can irritate the bladder.