At a recent morning tea symposium held in conjunction with the Malaysian Urological Conference 2016, Dr Marie Carmela Lapitan discussed about the benefits of combination therapy with alpha-blockers and 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs) for the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are also found to be suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), and studies show tadalafil 5 milligram once daily is safe and effective for the treatment of both LUTS due to benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) plus coexisting ED.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common sexual dysfunction in men, even more so than erectile dysfunction (ED), say experts in the field of men’s health. A survey which polled more than 3500 men and women from nine countries in the region reported that 1 in 3 men experience some form of PE.
Male hypogonadism is a clinical syndrome that results from failure of the testis to produce physiological levels of testosterone (androgen deficiency) and a normal number of spermatozoa due to disruption of one or more levels of the hypothalamic-pituitarytesticular axis.1 The condition may disrupt the physiological effects of testosterone such as maintaining reproductive tissues and sexual function, increasing body weight, maintaining bone mass, promoting sebum production, axillary and body hair growth, as well as stimulating erythropoiesis.2 It is estimated that hypogonadism affects approximately 39% of men aged 45 years or older.2 Unfortunately, not only is hypogonadism widely undiagnosed,3 only 5 ‒ 35% of those affected are receiving treatment for their condition.2
Testosterone therapy may improve sexual function, enhance mood and reduce depressive symptoms in men ≤65 years, according to the testosterone trials (TTs). However, no improvement in vitality or walking distance was seen.
According to the Singapore National Registry of Diseases Office (NRDO), prostate cancer is the third most common cancer and the sixth most common cause of cancer-related deaths affecting men in Singapore. Dr Daniel Tan, radiation oncologist and medical director of Asian American Radiation Oncology at Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the importance of early detection of prostate cancer and the challenges associated with diagnosing and treating this condition.