The prostate gland is the male organ that produces semen. It sits beneath your bladder and surrounds your urethra, the tube that drains urine from your bladder. When it becomes enlarged, the prostate can put pressure on your urethra and cause difficulty urinating.
BPH is a common condition generally affecting men over age 50. In fact by age 85, 90% of men have an enlarged prostate (2). Enlarged prostate or BPH is not life threatening nor is it cancerous; however, if left untreated it can lead to more serious health problems such as the inability to urinate, bladder stones, urinary tract infections or kidney damage.
The AUA Symptom Score is a simple questionnaire designed by the American Urological Association that contains seven questions intended to classify the severity of your enlarged prostate symptoms.
Your doctor evaluates your symptoms by “scoring” your answers to a standard set of questions, called a Symptom Score Index. Your score will be between 0 and 35 points. Finding out whether your symptoms are mild (0 to 7), moderate (8 to 19), or severe (20 to 35) will help your doctor determine the best treatment for you.