The prostate is a gland located in the lower urinary tract, under the bladder and around the urethra. Only men have a prostate. It produces the fluid which carries semen. The prostate has smooth muscles which help to push out the semen during ejaculation. A healthy prostate is about the size of a large walnut and has a volume of 15-25ml. The prostate slowly grows as men grow older.
Benign prostatic enlargement is a common condition. It is related to hormonal changes which happen as men grow older. Prostate diseases can be very worrying but it is important to know that BPE is not prostate cancer. BPE does not become prostate cancer, even if it is left untreated. However, both benign prostatic enlargement and prostate cancer may develop with age. Some people may have both diseases.
If you’re experiencing BPE symptoms, you could be at risk. To understand your symptoms you can take a short test. The test is designed to provide you with insight into the severity of your potential BPE symptoms. It’s based on the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) survey used by doctors around the world to assess men like you. It doesn’t attempt to provide medical advice or a diagnosis. It’s simply a tool to help you kick-start the conversation about BPE symptoms with your doctor. Once you’ve completed the test, you’ll be able to print the questions and your answers – so you can bring a copy to your next doctor’s appointment.