LUTS: In many cases, men may not be suffering alone

Research and understanding of lower urinary tract symptoms and associated clinical BPH have evolved tremendously over the past years. Detailed analyses of data from the Olmsted County Study of Urinary Symptoms in Men has taught us that it is not symptom severity and frequency alone that prompt men to consult a physician. Rather, issues such as bother, interference with daily activities, embarrassment about urinary conditions, and worry about the possibility of malignancy all very significantly contribute to the decision to see a physician.