GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ — The third day of
Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (PCAW) is “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Awareness Day,” a day to educate people about BPH. As part of the six days of
the Prostate Cancer Education Council’s PCAW program, Boehringer Ingelheim is
supporting awareness efforts through an unrestricted grant on September 21.
BPH Awareness Day is important because nearly half of all men who go
through the PCAW screening program have BPH. PCAW provides free or low-cost
prostate cancer screenings to more than 100,000 men across the United States.
BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that may cause
difficulty or frequency with urination. An enlarged prostate occurs commonly
in men over the age of 40. Approximately four out of five men develop BPH in
their lifetime and risk increases with age.
Experts do not yet know what causes BPH, but the condition may be related
to the hormone testosterone and its relationship to other hormones that
naturally change during the aging process. There may also be a hereditary
The fact that the prostate begins to grow larger is not necessarily a
problem. In fact, some men have extremely enlarged prostates, but suffer no
ill effects. On the other hand, some men have prostates that are only
slightly enlarged and they suffer from bothersome urinary symptoms. BPH is
not cancer and does not lead to cancer.
A new laboratory blood test called BPH-A is under development by Beckman
Coulter, Inc. This simple test is designed to help physicians better
distinguish BPH from other prostate conditions such as prostate cancer, and to
better care for patients who have BPH.
In order to help assess the severity of BPH symptoms, the American
Urological Association (AUA) BPH Symptom Score Index was developed. This tool
includes a series of questions that ask how often the urinary symptoms occur.
This helps the doctor measure whether the BPH is ranging from mild to severe.
To provide further resources during PCAW, a Web cast will be made
available on this day to educate the public about BPH on the Prostate Cancer
Education Council (PCEC) Web site, http://www.pcaw.com.
Year round, the PCEC (a 501 c3 non-profit organization headquartered in
Greenwood Village, Colo.) strives to fulfill its mission of educating men and
the women in their lives about the prevalence of prostate cancer, the
importance of early detection and the available treatment options. This year,
information on cholesterol and testosterone levels will be made available
during the six days of PCAW to stress the importance of men knowing their
To find a PCAW screening site near you, to arrange interviews or for more
information on prostate cancer or to request a brochure on the six days of
PCAW, please visit http://www.pcaw.com or call tool free 866-4PROST8.
CONTACTS: Kelly Lind or Elizabeth Baugher, Freeman Wall Aiello Public
Wendy Poage, Executive Director, Prostate Cancer Education
Dr. E. David Crawford, Chairman, Prostate Cancer Education
SOURCE Prostate Cancer Education Council
Web Site: http://www.pcaw.com