What are the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement?

The symptoms seen in prostate enlargement are not peculiar to this condition. Many diseases such as prostatitis, prostate cancer, and the narrowing of the urinary tract may show similar symptoms. It is important to make a diagnosis by evaluating these symptoms correctly.

The most common complaint is the weakening of the urine flow. Although this weakening is more apparent, especially in the morning, it can be seen at any time of the day. Other complaints include difficulty starting urination, a feeling of not being able to empty the bladder completely, frequent urination, intermittent urination, bifurcation while urinating, and prolonged dripping after urination. Sometimes there may be an inability to urinate at all, and in this case, it may be necessary to insert a catheter to empty the urine from the bladder.


What are the symptoms of prostate diseases?

The size of the prostate enlarges with age. Due to the enlargement of the prostate, the urinary canal (urethra) gets pinched and urinary complaints occur.

The complaints of prostate diseases are grouped under two headings. The first one is related to the storage function of the bladder (urinary bladder). These complaints result from the decrease in the urine storage function of the urinary bladder, and usually appear as frequent urination, burning during urination, frequent waking up at night for urination, urgent need to urinate, and urinary incontinence before reaching the toilet.


Who should have prostate control?

In our country, we recommend that healthy men over 50 with no risks for or complaints of prostate diseases should have prostate control once a year. In countries like the USA, where prostate cancer is common (especially in Afro-American men), this age limit is much lower.


What is PSA?

PSA is a protein, found in blood, that is secreted by only the prostate gland. Contrary to popular belief, high PSA mostly does not make people sick. However, high PSA shows us, the doctors, that there is an extraordinary situation in the patient’s prostate and that we need to examine it more closely.