Did you know that 24% of Filipino men aged 50-59 suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) with at least moderate symptoms? BPH is 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.
This is why GlaxoSmithKline Philippines (GSK), a global leading healthcare company, pioneered World BPH Day on 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. FUN to be WISE on BPH campaign aims to inform Filipinos about BPH symptoms so men can consult their doctors and achieve better quality of life.
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.
With GSK’s FUNWISE acronym, which is based on the International Prostate Symptom Score, men can know if they are experiencing symptoms of BPH.
Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (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?
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult your doctor for diagnosis. Remember, it is never too early but it can be too late.
For more information, go to www.gsk.com.ph.