Men called on to take prostate quiz

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH GUARDIAN PHARMACY -

AN EN­LARGED prostate gland, known as be­nign prostate hy­per­pla­sia (BPH), can be painful and af­fect qual­ity of life.

The prostate, a gland found at the base of the blad­der, is about the size of a wal­nut.

It dou­bles in size, nat­u­rally, between the ages of 21 to 50, and dou­bles again in size between ages 50 to 80.

Run­ning through the prostate is the ure­thra, a thin tube which trans­ports urine from the blad­der then out of the body.

It can be blocked as the prostate grows, caus­ing var­i­ous symp­toms, such as ex­ces­sive uri­na­tion at night to in­com­plete emp­ty­ing.

A quiz has been de­vel­oped to help any man, par­tic­u­larly those over the age of 50, to iden­tify any uri­nary is­sues.

The In­ter­na­tional Prostate Screen­ing Score based on seven symp­toms as­so­ci­ated with BPH may be dis­cussed with your phar­ma­cist, who may ad­vise if you need a re­fer­ral to a doc­tor.

Those con­cerned about their health are wel­come to visit Guardian Phar­ma­cies or their lo­cal doc­tor for ad­vice and sup­port.

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