Video: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
What is Benign prostatic hyperplasia?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is another condition that can affect the prostate. As its name suggests, it is not cancer. It doesn’t turn into cancer. It’s quite a separate condition, but it’s extremely common. As men hit their middle age, particularly in the 50s and 60s, the prostate tends to enlarge.
We don’t actually know the exact reason why, but we think it’s due to hormonal alterations within the prostate tissue. And because the prostate surrounds the urethra, that enlargement can sometimes cause changes in urinary function. And you can actually get really quite bothersome symptoms sometimes from that, which can be treated.
Dr Jeremy Grummet, Urological Surgeon
Last Reviewed: 14/04/2020