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Hall of Fame Baseball Legend Mike Schmidt Speaks Out for the First Time About Common Health Problem in Older Men
Date:6/19/2008

Schmidt teams up with Minor League Baseball(TM) to raise awareness of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), a condition affecting more than 8

million men in the U.S.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hall of Fame third baseman and Philadelphia Phillies legend Mike Schmidt and Minor League Baseball(TM) (MiLB) have teamed up to launch BPH Game Plan Starts with U: Catch the Whole Game campaign, a program in the U.S. to raise awareness of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), commonly known as enlarged prostate, and to encourage men to speak with their doctors about managing their symptoms.

Mike Schmidt is one of the millions of men in the United States affected by the symptoms of BPH. BPH is a progressive but manageable condition in which the prostate becomes enlarged causing frequent and urgent urination, the need to urinate at night, weak urinary stream and the feeling of incomplete bladder emptying(1). About half of all men 50+(2) and as many as 90 percent of men 70+ are affected by symptoms of BPH(3).

"I knew once I turned 50 that there would be changes in my body, but I was not prepared for the frequent and urgent needs to use the bathroom. These bathroom breaks got in the way of life's normal moments," explains Schmidt. "When my doctor diagnosed me with BPH, I was relieved to learn that it was a common condition. I was also relieved to know BPH is not cancer. Together, we developed a game plan to manage my symptoms with Uroxatral(R) (alfuzosin HCl 10 mg extended-release tablets).

Best known for leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a World Series victory in 1980, Schmidt began experiencing the frequent and urgent need to use the bathroom nine years ago. At his family's urging, Schmidt made an appointment to see his doctor, who told him the constant bathroom breaks weren't just signs of getting older -- they were caused by an enlarged prostate or BPH.

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