The prostate gland grows as
men age, with the fastest growth occurring at middle age. By age 50, 5 out of
10 men have an enlarged prostate. By age 80, up to 9 out of 10 men have an
enlarged prostate. Having an enlarged prostate does
not always cause symptoms.
As the prostate enlarges, the
urethra (the tube that carries urine from the
bladder out of the body) may become narrowed or
partially blocked. The narrowed or blocked urethra is what causes the symptoms
benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). By age 55, over 2
out of 10 men have some symptoms. By age 75, 5 out of 10 men complain of a
decrease in the force of their urine streams.1
The Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) Symptom Score Index can help your doctor understand how severe enlarged prostate symptoms are.
If your total score is less than seven, your symptoms are considered mild. Higher scores indicate more severe symptoms. Your doctor can discuss your scores with you -- and what they indicate about your need for treatment.
Use the following point scale to answer each of the questions. Total the score from all the questions.
0 = Not at all
3 = About...
Every man's experience with BPH is different. Symptoms may be stable, may
come and go, or may become more bothersome over time. Some men find the
symptoms to be mild and do not require treatment with medicines. Other men find
the symptoms bothersome and choose treatment with medicine or, less commonly,
BPH does not cause
prostate cancer. But prostate cancer may cause
symptoms similar to those of BPH. It is important to have your symptoms checked
by a doctor to be certain they are not caused by prostate
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 05, 2012
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