Benign prostatic hyperplasia (or benign prostatic hypertrophy), also known as just BPH, is a condition characterized by enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH rarely causes symptoms before age 40, but more than half of men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent in their 70s and 80s have some symptoms. Signs of this condition include:
- More frequent urination, especially at night
- A weak urine stream
- An urgent need to urinate.
This condition cannot go untreated, or serious complication may result, including damage to the kidneys or bladder, or incontinence. BPH cannot be cured, but drugs or surgery can often relieve symptoms. In addition, symptoms do not always grow worse.
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