What increases my risk for an enlarged prostate?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If you are a man displaying symptoms of an enlarged prostate, you should contact your doctor and consider getting tested. Symptoms primarily involve difficulty urinating: pain, a slow flow, trouble starting and stopping, or a bloody discharge. You are at particular risk if you are over 40 years old and have a family history of prostate problems. If not treated, an enlarged prostate will continue to grow, worsening symptoms and possibly damaging your kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract. Getting tested by your doctor can also help determine if there is another reason for your urinary problems, like prostate cancer.

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