What is enlarged prostate (BPH)?
In most men, the prostate grows throughout adulthood. The result is an enlarged
prostate, which is also known by the medical name
benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
The prostate is located just below the bladder and is a gland. The prostate’s
main function is to produce fluid for semen.
The prostate also surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder
to the penis. As the prostate grows, it may eventually put pressure on the urethra,
like a clamp on a garden hose. As pressure builds and the “clamp” tightens,
the result can be bothersome urinary symptoms. BPH is not a form of prostate cancer
and does not lead to prostate cancer.
Although BPH is not life-threatening, it may require treatment to relieve its symptoms
and prevent potential long-term complications.
The prostate is located just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube
that carries urine from the bladder to the penis.
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Disclaimer: This material is provided for information purposes only and is not a substitute for a consultation. You should talk with a urologist regarding your specific symptoms or medical condition.