Common questions on a common male medical condition
(NC)—Fifty per cent of men over 50 suffer from a common medical condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. Dr. Jack Barkin, urologic surgeon, helps explain this condition.
“BPH is a disease that significantly affects quality of life,” says Dr. Jack Barkin, urologic surgeon. “We've learned that the earlier you identify and begin treating BPH, the better – especially if you choose a medication that treats the root cause of the problem.”
Here's Dr. Barkin's cheat sheet on this common male medical condition.
What is BPH and what are the symptoms?
BPH is an enlargement of the prostate. Most of the symptoms of BPH are related to urination and may include more frequent urination, inability to empty the bladder completely or a weak urine stream, and can be very uncomfortable.
Who is most at risk for BPH?
BPH is a condition that affects men only, as it affects the prostate. Most men will experience a prostate related medical issue in their lifetime and their risk increases with age. An annual screening including a digital rectal exam and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test can make the difference in early detection and treatment of conditions like BPH. A recent study by Leger Marketing showed that less than half of Canadian men reported having a physical in the last year. But men over the age of 40 should speak with their doctor about taking steps to maintain prostate health and detect problems earlier, which includes going for that annual physical.
What can be done to treat BPH?
Often BPH can be treated with medication that treats the symptoms as well as the underlying root cause of the problem. Studies show that a combination of two existing medications provides more relief, and often avoids the need for surgery. We also know that the earlier you identify and begin treating BPH, the better the outcome. Men should consult their doctor about the best treatment options for them.