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What is watchful waiting for BPH?

Watchful waiting for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) -- enlarged prostate -- involves no active treatment, but this does not mean that no action is taken. Men who are advised to use this strategy need to pay close attention to their symptoms and to get regular checkups from their primary healthcare practitioner who will monitor the progress of symptoms, conduct a physical exam, and order a few, simple lab tests to check for unsuspected problems. Patients also must take an active role in preventing the need for future treatment by, for example, changing some lifestyle behaviors.

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