For All Men And The Women Who Love Them
Patricia Zifferblatt | November 25, 2008

On The Enlarged Prostate Gland

According to The American Urological Association, about 50 % of all men who reach age 75 in the United States will experience symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate Gland also known as BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Therefore, in order to assist men assess the state of their prostate health, the Urological Association has developed a “symptom index” tool that highlights possible BPH warning signs. Please note that this evaluation IS NOT a self diagnostic tool; only a physician can make a diagnosis. Nor is this evaluation a means to determine if a man has benign or malignant (cancer or not cancer) prostate issues. Always refer to a health professional if you have any questions.

The Score Chart:
Not at all 0
Less than 1 time in 5 1
Less than half the time 2
About half the time 3
More than half the time 4
Almost always 5

  1. Over the past month, how often have I had the sensation of not emptying my bladder completely after I have finished urinating?
  2. Over the past month, how often have I had to urinate again less than 2 hours after I finished urinating?
  3. Over the past month, how often have I found that I stopped and started again several times when I urinated?
  4. Over the past month how often have I found it difficult to postpone urination?
  5. Over the last month, how often have I had a weak urinary stream?
  6. Over the last month, have I had to strain or push to begin urinating?
  7. Over the past month, how many times have I had to get up out of bed to urinate during a normal sleep time?
Write down the number that most closely fits each question (1-7) from the Score Chart listed above. Add up the total score for all 7 questions. If you score 3 or higher cumulatively, make an appointment with your doctor for a prostate check. If you score less than 3, you are at low risk now, however if symptoms change, re-score yourself and follow the guidelines and recommendations set by The American Urological Association. In any case gentlemen, a base line check of your prostate should be done by age 40. Don’t wait – BPH is treatable.
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