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Prostate enlargement

It is normal for the prostate gland to get bigger around the age of 40. Many men will not have any symptoms with this enlargement. But for some men, it can cause problems with urinating (weeing). This is due to the gland tightening around the urethra, the tube you pass urine through.

Prostate gland enlargement is called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Benign means non-cancerous. Prostatic means of the prostate. Hyperplasia means over-growth of cells.

See your GP if you are having problems urinating or any symptoms that might suggest a problem with your prostate.

Some men with more severe symptoms of BPH will need treatment for it. This can be with medication such as finasteride, doxazosin or terazosin, or surgery.

An enlarged prostate is not prostate cancer and does not cause cancer. But cancer can happen in an enlarged prostate gland, so it is important to keep having regular checks with your GP.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Urology, Canterbury DHB. May 2016.


See also:

Prostate health and symptoms

Prostate surgery

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