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What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

Answer

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a very common condition in men as they age. It's caused by enlargement of the prostate gland. Since the prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube urine passes through, it can prevent the bladder from emptying completely. Half of all men have BPH by the time they reach age 60.

Prostate enlargement symptoms

The main symptom of BPH is mild to severe trouble urinating. BPH may also cause waking at night to urinate, dribbling or leaking of urine, or a weak urine stream. BPH isn't related to prostate cancer, but symptoms can be similar. Treatment includes herbal remedies, prescription medications, and surgery. If your BPH symptoms are mild, you may not need any treatment.

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