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What is Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)?

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Benign (non-cancerous) prostate hyperplasia refers to the enlargement of the prostate gland, and is a common condition among men above 50 years old.

An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine while urinating. It can also cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.

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Symptoms

  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • Nocturia: Increased frequency of urination at night
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Weak urine stream or a stream that stops and starts
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder

How Can BPH Affect Your Life?

BPH can get worse with age. If left untreated, it may lead to:

  • Bladder damage and infection
  • Kidney damage
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder stones

Who is At Risk for BPH?

Men who:

  • Have a family history of BPH
  • Have medical conditions such as obesity, heart and circulatory disease, type 2 diabetes
  • Are above 40 years old
  • Suffer from erectile dysfunction

How Do I Test for BPH?

Testing for BPH can be done at any Raffles Medical clinic. Test options include:

  • International Prostate Symptoms Score (IPSS)
  • Physical examination: Abdominal and digital rectal examination
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Blood Test
  • Urine test

Treatment Options

  • Monitoring and lifestyle modifications
  • Medications to stop the growth of, or shrink the prostate
  • Surgery (by a urologist)

If you are suffering from BPH, you can get treated at your nearest Raffles Primary Care Network (PCN) clinic.

What Raffles PCN Clinics Offer

Raffles PCN clinics offer patients the convenience of visiting a GP clinic near their home for treatment and follow-up of their chronic conditions. A committed case management team will partner our Family Physicians to coordinate care and to track and monitor treatment outcomes.

Our nurse counsellors provide health management advice and support to empower patients to better manage their chronic conditions.

As part of the programme, you will be enrolled into a chronic disease register for systematic tracking of your health data and treatment outcomes.

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