LAHORE: About 50% of men are likely to develop benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) by the age of 40 to 50.
This was discussed by health experts during a press briefing to mark the international BPH awareness week in the city on Tuesday.
If BPH is left untreated, acute urinary retention and surgery are the main long term complications. Worsening of symptoms also have a negative impact on the patient’s quality of life.“The condition involves enlargement of the prostate gland. As the gland enlarges, it compresses the lower urinary system leading to bothersome urinary issues,” said Fatima Jinnah Medical College Urology Department Head Dr Mumtaz Ahmad.
To a question about delay in seeking medical care, He said men with urinary symptoms were hesitant to discuss these symptoms perhaps because of embarrassment, a belief that such symptoms are a normal part of aging, or even a fear of the treatments such as surgery.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th, 2016.