BPH – or benign prostatic hyperplasia – happens when the prostate gland increases in size. BPH is common in middle aged and elderly men – half of all men between the ages of 50 and 60 will develop it, and by the age of 80 about 90% of men will have BPH
BPH is not cancerous but it may cause lower urinary tract symptoms. The symptoms of BPH are uncomfortable and may affect your quality of life. As outlined above, symptoms may include frequent urination, incomplete emptying of the bladder, a weak urine stream, or difficulty starting to urinate. The treatment for BPH depends on the the symptoms causing you trouble and whether there is any obstruction (blockage) caused by the increased size of your prostate gland.