BPH; Benign prostatic hypertrophy (hyperplasia); Prostate - enlarged
The choice of a treatment is based on the severity of your symptoms, the extent to which they affect your daily life, and the presence of any other medical conditions. Treatment options include "watchful waiting," lifestyle changes, medication, or surgery.
If you are over 60, you are more likely to have symptoms. But many men with an enlarged prostate have only minor symptoms. Self-care steps are often enough to make you feel better.
If you have BPH, you should have a yearly exam to monitor the progression of your symptoms and determine if any changes in treatment are necessary.
For mild symptoms:
Urinate when you first get the urge. Also, go to the bathroom when you have the chance, even if you don't feel a need to urinate.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine, especially after dinner.
Don't drink a lot of fluid all at once. Spread out flui...
We have heard so much lately about prostate cancer that perhaps it is time to turn back to the basics, and look at BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) , a condition that affects far more men than prostate cancer. Recently, the prostate is a source of much controversy including the significance of PSA testing , the possible development of high grade prostate cancer with the use of medications that are commonly used to shrink prostate cancer and the need to treat prostate cancer. However despite all the controversies surrounding prostate malignancy, the symptoms that occur as a result of BPH are undeniably a continuing source of ongoing concern amongst most middle aged men.
As the prostate grows, the nodules that arise and progress in size, eventually compressing the urethra. The result is symptoms of either obstruction or irritability of the lower urinary tract. Patients may experience a decrease in their force of stream, waking up at night to urinate, frequency of urina...
Risk Factors The major risk factors for prostate cancer are age, family history, and ethnicity. Age Prostate cancer occurs almost exclusively in men over age 40 and most often after age 50. Two-thirds of prostate cancers are found in men over age 65. By age 70, about 65% of men have at least microscopic evidence of prostate cancers. Fortunately, the cancer is usually very slow growing and older men with the cancer typically die of something else. Family History and Genetic Factors Heredity plays a role in some types of prostate cancers. Men with a family history of the disease have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. Having one family member with prostate cancer doubles a man's own risk, and having three family members increases risk by 11-fold. A specific gene, named HPC1 (for hereditary prostate cancer) was the first of several genes linked to inherited types of the disease. Scientists are researching other genetic variations that may increase prostate cancer risk. A gene is a sho...
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