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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Source: National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health. www.cancer.gov The prostate gland surrounds the tube (urethra) that passes urine. This can be a source of problems as a man ages because:
The prostate tends to grow bigger with age and may squeeze the urethra
A tumor can make the prostate bigger
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the abnormal growth of benign prostate cells. The prostate grows larger and squeezes the urethra. This prevents the normal flow of urine.
BPH is a very common problem. In the United States, most men over the age of 50 have symptoms of BPH. For some men, symptoms may be severe enough to need treatment.
The three most common prostate problems:
Enlarged prostate ( BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia)
Prostate cancer BPH. A benign (noncancerous) condition in which an overgrowth of prostate tissue pushes against the urethra and the bladder, blocking the flow of urine. Also called BPH and benign prostatic hypertrophy. LifeART Collection Images Copyright © 1989-2001 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD Urine Enlarged prostate Urethra Bladder