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Myths and Facts about BPH



BPH is an old man’s disease.

 

FACT : BPH usually affects men from their 50s. This is because as a man ages, his prostate naturally enlarges due to hormonal changes.


BPH occurs as a natural part of aging in men. Most elderly men can expect to have some form of prostate problems.

FACT : Hormonal changes are inevitable as men age and his prostate naturally enlarges due to these hormonal changes. However, these can be minimised by proper diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.



BPH can lead to prostate cancer.

FACT : BPH is a non-cancerous condition. However, its early symptoms often may be confused with that of prostate cancer.


Frequent or infrequent sexual activity is unhealthy for the prostate.

 

FACT : There is no evidence that BPH is caused or aggravated by sexual habits.



Frequent or infrequent sexual activity is unhealthy for the prostate.

FACT : BPH is not known to cause any sexual function impairment. The sooner you see a doctor, the earlier you will be treated.



Surgery is the only treatment option for BPH.

FACT : There are non-surgical treatment options available.


The TURP surgery is the only operation available for BPH.

FACT : There are other surgical options to treat BPH. These include the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP) and open prostatectomy . Minimally invasive treatments are relatively new, e.g. the transurethral microwave thermotherapy and laser therapy.