News Release

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

For Hispanic Men 50 Plus — Learning About Prostate Problems Can Save Your Life

Prostate problems are common in older men, particularly those aged 50 and older. A man may have prostate problems for a number of reasons, including an infection of the prostate, a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, or prostate cancer. Prostate cancer risk increases with age; about 70 percent of all cases of the disease are diagnosed in men age 65 and older. It is the second most common cancer in men.

Prostate problems often are discovered by men themselves. The signs of prostate problems include: frequent urge to urinate, blood in the urine, painful or burning urination, difficulty urinating, or inability to urinate. Men who experience any of these symptoms should see a doctor to find out the cause of the problem and to talk about possible treatment.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is offering a free fact sheet in Spanish with information on common prostate problems and prostate cancer. It discusses symptoms of prostate problems, treatment choices, and resources for additional information. To order a free copy of Los Problemas de la Próstata, call 1-800-222-2225 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. A Spanish-speaking information specialist is available to respond to calls. You also can order this and other Spanish publications on healthy aging on the NIA website at

The NIA, part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, leads the Federal effort supporting and conducting research on aging and the special needs of older people. The Institute is committed to making health information available to older Hispanic Americans and their families.

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