Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

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Overview

Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia and benign prostate enlargement (BPE), is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that frequently results in a slow urine stream, a build up of urine in the bladder, and often a frequent and urgent need to pass urine. It is a very common condition in men over 50, with one quarter of men over 65 having some symptoms. The name refers to an increase in size of the inner portion of the prostate gland. Unlike prostate cancer, which usually forms in the outer portion of the prostate, untreated BPH is mainly an inconvenience and usually not a life-threatening disease.

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