Benign tumours are one of the most common reasons why people undergo surgery. BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common condition in older men. As men grow older, non-cancerous tumours develop around their prostate glands. As the tumour or tumours grow bigger, they start blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. This can lead to bladder, urinary and kidney problems. Several treatment options are available for benign tumours. They include medications that shrink the tumour and minimally invasive surgeries. Here are the early signs and symptoms of BPH to look out for.
The Frequent Urge to Urinate
When the tumour enlarges, the entire prostate enlarges. With time, it starts pressing against the urethra and blocks urine flow. When the urine flow is blocked, the bladder wall gets irritated and begins contracting even when there is little urine in the bladder. These contractions are what cause frequent urination. Therefore, if you keep feeling the urge to visit the bathroom often, but end up producing little urine amounts, it is advisable to get a diagnosis to determine if you could be having BPH.
Difficulty Starting Urination
Another thing that happens when there is a tumour in your prostate is that it pushes against the urethra and narrows it. As the urethra narrows, it becomes increasingly difficult for urine to move from the bladder and out of the body. As a result, you will feel pressed but have a difficult time starting urine when you go to the toilet. Other diseases like kidney stones, cysts and others also lead to such complications. It is advisable to have tests done for a proper diagnosis. You might also notice some dribbling at the end of urination and the inability to empty your bladder.
Presence of Blood in the Urine
Another common symptom of benign tumours in the prostate is the presence of blood in the urine. The presence of blood in the urine is known as Haematuria. Note that blood can be invisible in the urine, or microscopic, which can only be detected through a laboratory test. If blood is visibly present in the urine, it means that the tumour has reached late stages of development and needs to be removed right away, usually through robotic prostate surgery.
These are the common signs that will inform you if you have BPH. The most important thing you can do is get an early diagnosis. When you are diagnosed in time, the health care clinic will get the best medical solution for you.