The ABC’s of BPH

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH, commonly known as prostate enlargement is a very common disease of the prostate that most men are scared of getting as they get older.  But in my years of practice, I always tell my patients that even with the technology of diagnostics that we currently have in place, it is still not possible to predict with certainty that a person will have a certain disease.  I always say that patients have to take an active role in their health.  Patients should educate themselves and consult their physicians for early signs of prostate enlargement to better their chances of having the condition treated.

BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland which is very common in older men.  I usually see this condition in patients between their 30s and 50s.  When a patient has BPH, the prostate gets larger and puts pressure on the urethra that passes through the center of the urethra.

How to know if you have it?  Since it compresses the urethra, it can impede the flow of the urine from the bladder to the urethra.  This can result in the urine backing up in the bladder and patients may feel the need to frequently urinate both during the day and night.  Patients may also feel a slow urine flow, they may find it difficult to start a urine stream, and may find themselves having the urgent need to urinate.  For more serious cases, patients can have urinary tract infections or even blockage of the urethra.  If you feel any of the mentioned symptoms, it is important that you seek medical help as soon as possible so as not to compromise your kidney function.

Call us today at 972-403-5425 for a consultation if you think that you have BPH and let the experts at Collin County Urology help you.

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