BPH or clinically known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. The enlarged prostate may compress the urinary tube (urethra) impeding the flow of urine from the bladder through the urethra.
According recent studies, this condition affects about 24% of Filipino men aged 50 – 59 years old.
Those suffering from it often had to deal with sleep disruption and sexual dysfunction. And if left untreated may lead to Acute Urinary Retention (AUR) and may ultimately require surgical procedures.
While not considered as a life-threatening disease, people who have symptoms of BPH, whether it’s incontinence or painful urination, it will most definitely affect one’s way of life.
That is why GlaxoSmithKline Philippines (GSK), a global leading healthcare company launched its “FUN to be WISE on BPH” advocacy last June 25 (Monday) in order to raise awareness about the disease and help improve the quality of life of Filipino men.
Providing a brief backgrounder about the disease and the campaign are Dr. Joselito Javier, GSK Medical Affairs for Urology and Dr. Carmela Lapitan, Regional Medical Expert for Urology of GSK Emerging Markets.
The words FUN and WISE are actually acronyms of the symptoms of BPH which is based on the International Prostate Symptom Score.
F for Frequency
Over the past two months, how often have you had to urinate two hours after you finished urinating?
U for Urgency
Over the past month, how often have you found it difficult to postpone urination?
N for Nocturia
Over the past month, how many times do you typically get up at night to urinate?
W for Weak Stream
Over the past month, how often have you had a weak urinary stream?
I for Intermittency
Over the past month, how often have you found yourself to have stopped and started again while you were urinating?
S for Straining
Over the past month, how often have you had to push or strain to begin to urinate?
E for Incomplete Emptying
Over the past month, how often have you had a sensation of not emptying a bladder completely after you finish urinating?
The good news about BPH is that there are several treatments available for it from medication, lifestyle changes and surgery.
The FUN to be WISE on BPH advocacy addresses not just men but every person to take action. Men are urged to consult their doctors while others can tell the important men in their lives to seek medical advice and treatment.
The event held at Makati Shangri-la Hotel was hosted by Sam YG and attended by various press and online media.
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