BENIGN PROSTATE HYPERPLASIA (BPH)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — also called prostate gland enlargement — is a common condition as men get older. All men will develop some enlargement of the prostate as they age, and some of them may require therapy for related symptoms.
The prostate is a small gland that starts out about the size of a walnut. As men age, the gland becomes enlarged.
Overall, the number of men with BPH increases progressively with age. By age 60, 50% of men will have some symptoms of BPH. By age 85, 90% of men will have symptoms of the condition. About half of these men will develop symptoms that need to be treated.
There are several effective treatments for prostate gland enlargement, including medications, minimally invasive therapies and surgery. To choose the best option, you and your doctor will consider your symptoms, the size of your prostate, other health conditions you might have and your preferences.