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What problems can an enlarged prostate cause?

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Because it surrounds part of the urethra, an enlarged prostate can squeeze that tube. If you have trouble starting to pee or have to go a lot, especially at night, you have an enlarged prostate. Other symptoms include:

  • Your bladder doesn’t empty completely after you pee.
  • You have to go out of the blue with no sensation of build-up.
  • You stop and start several times.
  • You have to strain to get any flow going.

Typically, you won’t see these problems until you’re 50 or older. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. It's common and can't be prevented.

SOURCES:

U.S. Food & Drug Administration website.

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer."

UrologyHealth.org: "Adult Conditions: Prostate," "BPH Treatment."

Urological Science Research Foundation.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

SOURCES:

U.S. Food & Drug Administration website.

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer."

UrologyHealth.org: "Adult Conditions: Prostate," "BPH Treatment."

Urological Science Research Foundation.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

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