Overview

What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition experienced by men in which the prostate is enlarged, but is not cancerous.

Over 80 percent of men will develop BPH, with 50 percent of men developing the condition by the age of 50. As men age, the prostate continues to grow. In men with BPH, the enlarged prostate puts pressure on the urethra and bladder. This weakens and irritates the bladder resulting in frequent urination, urgency to urinate, decreased urine flow and the feeling that the bladder is still full after urinating.

If left untreated, BPH can lead to incontinence, stones, bladder damage and infection. It is essential that men with symptoms of BPH seek treatment from a urologist to prevent kidney damage and other serious conditions.