What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common part of aging. Many people feel uncomfortable talking about the prostate, since the gland found only in a man plays a role in both sex and urination. However, it is very common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages. Doctors call this condition benign prostatic hyperplasia or benign prostatic hypertrophy. However, most people simply call it BPH.
About BPH and Prostate Enlargement
Not to be confused with prostate cancer, BPH occurs when the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged and begins to obstruct the urinary system.
The prostate goes through two main periods of growth during a man’s life. The first occurs early in puberty, when it doubles in size. At around age 25, the gland begins to grow again. Many years later, this second growth phase often results in BPH.
Prostate enlargement is very common and just another part of a man’s aging. In fact, about half of all men between the ages of 51 and 60 have BPH. Up to 90% of men over age 80 have BPH.
Why Does BPH Occur?
BPH Treatment Locations
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