Men Over 50 Suffer From an Enlarged Prostate

Many men over age 50 suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. Symptoms can include slow urinary stream, straining to urinate, incomplete bladder emptying, urgent frequent urination and the need to urinate in the middle of the night.

“When the symptoms bother you so much they are interfering with your quality of life, you should seek treatment,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “First, we will rule out prostate cancer and other serious conditions using a digital rectal examination and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Then, we will look into medications and other treatments for your enlarged prostate.”

Left untreated, BPH can lead to urinary retention and even kidney failure in severe cases. “There is no need to suffer through this problem,” says Ogles.

To learn more about BPH, talk to your primary care physician.