It’s probably not something you wanted to bring up at dinner with your dad on Father’s Day, but find time to encourage Dad to visit his urologist this Men’s Health Month. Visiting the urologist, especially as we age, can tell us so many things about our bodies, and even help detect and prevent different ailments.
Men’s Health Month was founded by Men’s Health Network (MHN), a non-profit organization focused on improving the health and wellness of men. MHN was started in 1992 by a group of men’s activists interested in improving health. Men’s Health Month has been an ongoing tradition since 1994, and every June since then people have advocated for men’s health. But how and why?
If you haven't heard of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, chances are you will. Formerly known as prostatism, an estimated 50% of men have evidence of BPH by age 50 and 75% have it by age 80. BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that can occur as men get older. It can cause bothersome urinary symptoms such as having to urinate often, urgency, difficulty starting, incomplete bladder emptying, getting up at night, and sometimes incontinence.