An Enlarged Prostate Affects Women Too

Provided by Urologix, Inc.

At first glance, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH may seem like a man’s problem. But the effects of this disease are wide ranging. In fact, according to the AUA Practice Guidelines, over 50% of men will have BPH symptoms by the age of 60. These symptoms can range from urgency and frequency of urination to sexual side effects. The bottom line is symptoms of BPH not only interfere with a man’s life – but affects the life of their significant others too.

The good news is there are many treatment options available to the man in your life – they simply require a proper diagnosis and a willingness, on his part, to get started.

You are often the first line of defense against more serious lower urinary tract diseases such as prostate or bladder cancer. An enlarged prostate can be a sign of various diseases – benign and malignant – and requires a trip to a urologist for a complete check-up. While he may not want to visit a urologist for a number of reasons –you can help. Your knowledge and the help you can offer as a result, are invaluable.

So what can you do to help? Learn more about BPH and the treatments available. Be aware of the symptoms of BPH and suggest seeing a medical professional when they’re first suspected.  While making an appointment and getting treatment may require a nudge or two, it is important to discuss the alternatives and make the decision together. Finally, help him prepare for the visit to his urologist and offer to accompany him.

You can start by visiting www.beatbph.com and www.urologix.com to learn more. You can also watch The Balancing Act airing on Lifetime this July 9th at 7:00am where leading urologist Dr. Robert Pugach and one of his patients discuss BPH, its effects and treatments.

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