Live Well Wednesday

Prostate Health

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At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

Today’s topic is Prostate Health by Ryan Carpenter, Compass Community Health Care Center Family Nurse Practitioner.

In honor of June being Men’s Health Awareness Month, we will be highlighting ways to help keep men on the road to good health, all this month during our #LiveWellWednesday posts. Be sure and check back each Wednesday afternoon for more information on men’s health with Ryan Carpenter, Compass Community Health Care Center Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities, so it’s only fitting that we focus on the topic for our Live Well Wednesday series. Men’s Health is similar to other month long awareness campaigns like breast cancer, autism, and heart disease with a focused goal of providing education and heightened awareness of preventable health problems FOR MEN.

Today’s men’s health topic is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which is a common disorder in men with an incidence that increases with age. BPH often requires therapy when patients begin to experience lower urinary tract symptoms that affect quality of life.

I’m sure most men have heard of BPH at some point, but what is it really? BPH is characterized as nonmalignant growth of the prostate gland that occurs in most men over 40 years of age. The prevalence of BPH, as seen in several autopsy studies around the world, is estimated to be approximately 20% for men in their 40s, up to 60% for men in their 60s, and up to 90% for men in their 70s and 80s. Although almost all men will develop microscopic evidence of BPH by their eighth decade of life, the condition does not require treatment until it becomes symptomatic.

Diagnosis of BPH often rules out other clinical manifestations that may present with similar symptoms. Examples include prostate cancer, prostatitis, bladder cancer, bladder stones, overactive bladder (OAB), interstitial cystitis, and urinary tract infections. Although symptoms related to BPH are often not life-threatening, they can be debilitating and affect quality of life (QOL) significantly Thus, it is important to identify and correctly diagnose BPH in order to pursue an effective treatment strategy.

Current treatment guidelines range from watchful waiting to surgical intervention. However, there are many options in between that include lifestyle modifications, pharmacotherapy, and phytotherapy (plant based/herbal medications). At Compass Community Health Care Center, we’re here to discuss any further questions or concerns you may have, please contact our office at 740-355-7102 to schedule an appointment.



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