Cairns Urology
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The prostate gland is found in men only. It is a small gland about the size of a walnut which surrounds the opening to the bladder, rather like a donut with a hole in the middle. It provides fluid for the sperm to be nourished and transported when ejaculation occurs.

As men get older the prostate enlarges leading to effects on the ability to urinate.

The international Prostate Symptom Score
(I-PSS) is based on the answers to seven questions concerning urinary symptoms. Each questions is assigned points from 0 to 5 indicating increasing severity of the particular symptom. The total score can therefore range from 0 to 35 (asymptomatic to very symptomatic).

Find out your International Prostate Symptom Score (I-PSS)

Although there are presently no standard recommendations into grading patients with mild, moderate or severe symptoms, patients can be tentatively classified as follows: 0-7 = mildly symptomatic; 8-19 = moderately symptomatic; 20-35 = severely symptomatic.

The International Consensus Committee (ICC) recommends the use of only a single question to assess a patient’s quality of life. The answers to this question range from “delighted” to “terrible” or 0-6. Although this single question may or may not capture the global impact of BPH symptoms on quality of life, it may serve as a valuable starting point for a doctor-patient conversation.

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