Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Prostate Enlargement)
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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Prostate Enlargement

An enlarged prostate (also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) is a common non cancerous disorder affecting millions of men worldwide.  It is a natural condition where the prostate gland slowly grows, causing pressure on the urethra (tube that empties the bladder of urine), similar to a clamp on a garden hose.  While an enlarged prostate is not a life threatening disorder, the associated symptoms can be quite inconvenient and aggravating.

Common symptoms of an enlarged prostate include:

  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Sudden need to urinate
  • Difficulty beginning urination
  • Feeling that your bladder never completely empties
  • Dribbling or leaking
  • Weak urine stream

The cause of an enlarged prostate is unknown, although there are possible links to high fat diets, family history and hormone levels.

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