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About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

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The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland located just under a man’s bladder. The urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder outside the body, passes through the prostate on its way to the penis. During puberty, a growth spurt occurs in the gland, and for reasons still unknown, a second growth spurt can occur around age 50.

When this second growth spurt occurs, the enlarged prostate can block the flow of urine through the urethra, like a clamp around a garden hose. As the bladder fights to pass urine out through the blocked urethra, the bladder wall thickens, resulting in symptoms such as:

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Weak stream
  • Start-and-stop flow
  • Incomplete emptying

This condition is known as an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH is very common in men age 50 and older, although not everyone who has it experiences symptoms. If symptoms become a problem, most cases can be easily treated through lifestyle changes, medication and in some cases surgery.

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