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Fact Sheet: Enlarged Prostate (EP) in American Men Landmark Survey Results

Release Date: 1/11/2005
EP in American Men Landmark Survey Results

Fact Sheet
"EP in American Men" is the largest and most comprehensive survey to date of public, patient and professional knowledge, attitudes and behavior regarding enlarged prostate (EP). This survey explored the frequency and severity of urinary symptoms among more than 1,000 American men aged 50 and older, 120 spouses of men with enlarged prostate, as well as 200 physicians (including 100 primary care doctors and 100 urologists).

Key Survey Results

Men lack knowledge and understanding about enlarged prostate:
  • Only 10% of undiagnosed men were very familiar with the signs and symptoms of enlarged prostate.
  • Most men with enlarged prostate (63%) believe prostate problems are a normal part of aging that cannot be helped.
  • More than half of men surveyed (56%) with the condition believe that having enlarged prostate increases their risk for prostate cancer, when in   fact, enlarged prostate has not been found to increase the risk of prostate cancer.
A case for improved communication between men and physicians:
  • Only a quarter of undiagnosed men recall their doctor ever discussing enlarged prostate with them.
  • The vast majority of doctors surveyed said they normally tell newly diagnosed patients with enlarged prostate that surgery may be needed,    but only about a one-third of newly diagnosed men recall having this discussion.
  • Most doctors surveyed reported that they told their patients with an enlarged prostate that medication can reduce the risk of surgery but only    a quarter of men surveyed recall discussing treatment options with their doctor.
Enlarged prostate can affect a man’s lifestyle and relationships:
  • Data show show that moderate to severe urinary symptoms related to an enlarged prostate can affect a man’s daily activities and general well-   being.
  • Nearly half (46%) of men in their 50s with enlarged prostate who have moderate to severe urinary symptoms feel that the condition has reduced   their quality of life.
  • 36% of spouses report that their husband’s condition caused a lack of physical intimacy in their relationships.
The survey was conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas, Inc. (SRBI), a national public opinion research organization, with funding from GlaxoSmithKline, a research based pharmaceutical company.

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