Benign means non-life-threatening. Prostatic means the condition is related to the prostate gland. Hyperplasia means the enlargement of an organ. Therefore, the definition of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-life-threatening enlargement of the prostate gland.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is not cancer, nor will it turn into cancer.

It is thought that approximately 50 percent of all men between ages 51 and 60 have BPH, increasing to 90 percent of men older than 80. These numbers tell us this condition is relatively common, and by the age of 70, almost all men will have some enlargement of the prostate.

Symptoms of BPH

Some men with BPH may not experience any symptoms at all. However, those who do tend to experience urinary symptoms such as:

  • Urinary