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World BPH Day: Men’s Prostate Health Awareness

Prostate problems run in the family. My uncles suffered from it, and my dad discovered a few years ago that it’s the cause of painful urination. He had it checked and the doc said it’s gotten bigger but due to his age (84), was advised not to have it removed. He’s been going for regular check-ups since then for monitoring.

Anyway, here’s a post you might be interested to read and share especially if you know someone who is suffering from the disease.

World BPH Day: Men's Prostate Health Awareness

GlaxoSmithKline Philippines (GSK), a global leading healthcare company, pioneered World BPH Day last June 25 through the “FUN to be WISE on BPH” advocacy in order raise awareness about the disease and help improve the quality of life of Filipino men.

According to the Harvard Medical School, most men eventually develop some type of prostate problem, including BPH. Patients affected by BPH often have to deal with sleep disruption and sexual dysfunction. Their daily activities and outdoor trips are also limited and can be a source of embarrassment. If untreated, BPH can also lead to Acute Urinary Retention (AUR) and may require surgery.

In the Philippines, 24 percent of men aged 50-59 years old suffer from at least moderate symptoms of BPH, a common disease that causes the prostate to increase in size as a man ages. BPH is not malignant or cancerous but it can affect the flow of urine. Whether it is incontinence or painful urination, this will definitely hinder the way a person lives.

World BPH Day: Men's Prostate Health Awareness
Dr. Joselito Javier

Every man at the prime of his life deserves a life where he can enjoy the things that he loves to do such as trips with his family and sports like biking and hiking without any hindrances and discomforts caused by BPH.

The FUN to be WISE 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 good thing about BPH is that the symptoms are noticeable.

With GSK’s FUNWISE acronym, which is based on the International Prostate Symptom Score, men can know if they are experiencing symptoms of BPH.

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?

You can improve the quality of your life even if you’re suffering from BPH. Consult your doctor for a diagnosis. Remember, it is never too early but it can be too late.

World BPH Day: Men's Prostate Health Awareness
Middle Dr. Marie Carmela Lapitan and Dr. Joselito Javier.
Executives from Left to Right Atty. Mae Corona, Karla Dela Cruz, Bing Salandanan, Rommel Abuda

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  1. pchipeach says:

    My lolo (not my real lolo) also suffered from prostate cancer at the age of 82. last yr lang sya nmatay after ng bday nya.. tagal din nya na confined sa hospital, akala nmin nung una nagging okay sya ksi nakapagsalita ulit. ilang days lang unti unti nang bumagsak ang ktwan nya at aparto nlng ang bumuhay s kanya. ?

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