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Myths and Misconceptions About Enlarged Prostate

Common Myths and Misconceptions About Enlarged Prostate That You Should Know

By Teleflex® Interventional Urology

Enlarged prostate, also known as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is a common condition that affects millions of men over the age of 50.

A series of recent surveys found that both men and women may be misinformed about enlarged prostate and the available treatment options. Results show that some myths associated with the condition include:

Myth: BPH is linked to prostate cancer.

FACT: BPH is noncancerous and unrelated to prostate cancer,1 but the symptoms of BPH can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.

Myth: There are no minimally invasive procedures available to treat BPH

FACT: Many people are aware of medications to treat BPH, but are not aware of minimally invasive procedures.

Myth: Delaying treatment of BPH doesn’t cause bladder damage

FACT: If left untreated, BPH can worsen over time and may cause permanent bladder damage.2

Although medication is often a first-in-line treatment recommended by physicians, prescription medications may come with negative side effects. The UrolLift ® System is a proven minimally invasive treatment for enlarged prostate that can be done in an office setting in about an hour and does not require any heating or removal of prostate tissue.

Based on positive clinical data, the American Urological Association (AUA) recommends the Prostatic Urethral Lift as a treatment option for BPH.

As with any medical procedure, individual results may vary. Speak with your urologist to see if the UroLift System procedure is right for you. Most common side effects are mild to moderate and include pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate and/or the inability to control the urge. Most symptoms resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure.

¹Chang, The Practitioner 2012

²Tubaro et al. 2003 Drugs Aging

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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