If you haven't heard of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, chances are you will. Formerly known as prostatism, an estimated 50% of men have evidence of BPH by age 50 and 75% have it by age 80. BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that can occur as men get older. It can cause bothersome urinary symptoms such as having to urinate often, urgency, difficulty starting, incomplete bladder emptying, getting up at night, and sometimes incontinence.
Whenever you mention conditions affecting the prostate, what comes to mind is prostate cancer. Unfortunately, this is not the only common prostate disease. BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia, results from growth of the prostate gland. This growth usually results in urine retention or makes you urinate frequently. It is believed that about half of all