Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), sometimes called benign prostatic hypertrophy, is an enlarged prostate gland. The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate becomes larger, it may squeeze or partly block the urethra, causing problems with urination.
BPH occurs in more than half of men over age 75 due to changes in hormone balance and cell growth. It is not cancer, and does not develop into or cause cancer or erection problems. While the symptoms can be uncomfortable and frustrating, BPH is rarely a serious health concern.
Most men do not need intervention for BPH unless they have related problems such as bladder infections or bladder stones. Medication may reduce the symptoms if these become a real nuisance. There are also steps you can take at home to reduce or control your symptoms:
Speak to your 21st Century Oncology Urologist to find out whether medication or other treatments are right for you.