It Is common as a man ages for the prostate gland to become enlarged. This is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
The prostate gland is a round, small lump of tissue located behind the base of the penis. It's main function is to add fluid to semen.
This fluid carries the sperm. The prostate gland tends to grow larger as men get older. It is important to note that BPH does not increase your chances of
getting prostate cancer. However, the two diseases can have similar symptoms and it is possible to have BPH and prostate cancer at the same time.
BPH signs seniors should look for include:
- Weak or interrupted stream of urine
- Feeling that you must urinate right away (urgency)
- A delay when you begin urinating
- A tendency to dribble after urination
- Pain in the pelvis, upper thighs or lower back
- Feeling your bladder isn't empty after urination
- Increased frequency at night that interrupts sleep
If you are experiencing one or more of these signs and symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss treatment options.