Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) | Overview

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What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (also called BPH) is a condition that affects the prostate gland in men. The prostate is a gland found between the bladder (where urine is stored) and the urethra (the tube urine passes through). As men age, the prostate gland slowly grows bigger (or enlarges). As the prostate gets bigger, it may press on the urethra and cause the flow of urine to be slower and less forceful. "Benign" means the enlargement isn't caused by cancer or infection. "Hyperplasia" means enlargement.

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00

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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

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