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Enlarged Prostate Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of

By    |   Monday, 18 Apr 2016 07:29 PM

Enlarged prostate symptoms may be annoying, but they don't usually signal a significant problem. Still, it's best to know the symptoms and see a doctor if they're affecting you to rule out anything serious.

An enlarged prostate is also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. The prostate gland may grow in size, but the condition is not related to cancer, nor does it increase the risk of cancer, according to MedlinePlus, an information site for the National Institutes of Health.

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The prostate gland, which produces fluid for sperm in the male reproductive system, surrounds the urethra. Since the urethra passes urine out of the body, urinary problems are among the enlarged prostate symptoms that can develop from BPH.

Pressure on the urethra from a growing prostate makes it difficult to push out the urine, so the bladder muscle contracts more and eventually develops a stronger and thicker wall, says WebMD. The urge to urinate increases even with small amounts of urine in the bladder or the bladder may not be able to completely empty.

This causes a variety of enlarged prostate symptoms, such as feelings of incomplete bladder emptying or a weak flow as a man urinates, according to WebMD. Other symptoms include frequent urination or urges to urinate in the middle of the night and throughout the day, frequent dribbling of urine, straining or difficulty in urinating, urine flow that starts and stops, or having the need to urinate again soon after urinating.

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Enlarged prostate symptoms usually worsen over time, notes the Mayo Clinic, which adds that blood in the urine, inability to urinate, and a urinary tract infection are more uncommon symptoms.

Similar symptoms could be caused by prostatitis or inflammation of the prostate, bladder or kidney stones, bladder scarring from prior surgery, and cancer of the bladder or prostate, according to the Mayo Clinic. Those conditions are not caused by BPH, but the symptoms are reasons to see a doctor for medical evaluation.

Along with aging, factors that may increase the risk for enlarged prostate symptoms include a family history of prostate problems, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, which contributes to the increased risk of BPH, the Mayo Clinic says.

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