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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

ortable subject, opening a dialogue with your doctor about urinary symptoms is an important first step to effectively manage an enlarged prostate," said Kevin McVary, M.D., Professor of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "If you're experiencing urinary symptoms associated with BPH, it's important to talk to your physician about the right treatment option to manage your symptoms."

Through the BPH Game Plan Starts with U: Catch the Whole Game campaign, Schmidt is traveling to Minor League Baseball(TM) games across the U.S. to share his personal experience with BPH and urge men to talk to their doctors and sign up for free prostate screenings at their local hospitals. For more information on BPH and local events with Mike Schmidt, visit http://www.TalkAboutBPH.com. This Web site also provides tips about how to start a dialogue with your physician, as well as a symptom assessment tool, information on BPH and treatment options.

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About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

BPH is defined as a progressive condition in which prostate cells grow more rapidly than normal and cause the prostate to become enlarged. Approximately 4 out of 5 men will develop BPH in their lifetime. Symptoms of BPH vary, but the most common involve changes or problems with urination that disrupt a man's personal and professional life with interruptions on a daily basis(4). Symptoms of BPH include frequent and urgent urination, the need to urinate at night, weak urinary stream and feeling of incomplete bladder emptying. If left untreated, men could be at risk for sexual dysfunction(4), acute urinary retention, bladder infections, bladder stones, and even kidney damage. It's important to know that BPH is not prostate cancer. Although some of the symptoms of BPH and prostate cancer are similar, having BPH does not seem to increase the
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