Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The prostate gland is located just below a male’s bladder and surrounds the top portion of the tube that drains urine from the bladder (urethra). The gland’s primary function is to produce most of the fluids in semen, the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. From birth to young adulthood, the prostate grows from about the size of a pea to about the size of a walnut.

What is prostate gland enlargement (BPH)?

The prostate gland is located just below a male’s bladder and surrounds the top portion of the tube that drains urine from the bladder (urethra). The gland’s primary function is to produce most of the fluids in semen, the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. From birth to young adulthood, the prostate grows from about the size of a pea to about the size of a walnut. For most men, the prostate gland undergoes a second phase of growth around mid to late 40s. At this time, cells in the central portion of the gland — where the prostate surrounds the urethra — begin to reproduce more rapidly. As tissues in the area enlarge, they often compress the urethra and partially block urine flow. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the medical term for this condition. Prostate gland enlargement affects about half of men in their 60s and up to 90 percent of men in their 70s and 80s. There is no correlation between prostate gland enlargement and the growth of prostate cancer.
Treatment depends on your signs and symptoms and may include medications, surgery or nonsurgical therapies.

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