What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia
(BPH) is an enlarged
prostate gland. The prostate gland surrounds the
urethra, the tube that carries urine from the
bladder out of the body. As the prostate gets bigger,
it may squeeze or partly block the urethra. This often causes problems
BPH occurs in almost all men as they age. BPH is not
cancer. An enlarged prostate can be a nuisance. But it is usually not a serious
problem. About half of all men older than 75 have some symptoms.