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Should You Get Your Prostate Checked?

Introduction

If you’re a man over 50, having prostate-related urinary issues might seem about as certain as the likelihood of getting solicited for an AARP membership. It’s true that symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH) affect about half of all men between the ages of 51 and 60, and up to 90% of men over 80. Some have no symptoms at all, while others have lower-urinary-tract issues ranging from trouble starting a urine stream to the complete inability to go when they feel the urge. The good news is there’s a range of options to manage these symptoms, from lifestyle tweaks to medications to non-invasive surgical procedures. It’s important to note that in some cases, these symptoms could signal a more serious condition, such as prostate cancer. Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if it’s time to see your doctor about what’s going on with your prostate.