Contact a doctor urgently if you experience any of the
- Inability to pass urine
- Severe difficulty passing
- Blood in urine
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary tract infection or
other complication of BPH
- Suspected kidney impairment
Consult a doctor if you experience any bothersome symptoms.
The acute (sudden) inability to pass urine is painful and will necessitate a
hospital or doctor’s visit. Retention of urine can also come on slowly with a
progressively worsening stream and eventual overflow incontinence.
In this scenario the bladder never empties properly, which can lead to
obstructive kidney failure and other complications such as infections or
Blood in the urine should never be assumed to be due to prostatic
enlargement unless all other more serious causes, such as bladder cancer, have
been ruled out.
Any man over 50 years should have a yearly prostate check to rule out
prostate cancer. Black men, who are at higher risk for this kind of cancer, and
men with a positive family history of prostate cancer should start their
prostate checks at age 40. The aim of yearly prostate checks in is to diagnose
prostate cancer early, when it is still curable.
Early prostate cancer is usually completely asymptomatic. Men who have had
previous surgery for BPH (i.e. TURP or open prostatectomy) are not exempt from
the risk of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer classically develops in the outer part of the gland, which
is not removed during operations for BPH.
What can go wrong with the prostate?
The prostate, hormones and fertility